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Students take pride in parade floats
Bragging rights on line for first place
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All the excitement of Warren County High School homecoming will parade through downtown McMinnville this Friday at 12:45 p.m.
The parade will give Pioneer fans their first glimpse of class floats that have been under construction in recent weeks. The floats are always a closely guarded secret as each class vies for the coveted spot of first place.
“There is no mystery as to which class will win,” said senior Dylan Powers. “Seniors are going to win this year.”
Sophomores created quite the buzz last year when they took first place after delighting the crowd with their float called “Douse the Warriors.” The float had Pioneer Jake riding in a fire truck and manning a working hose dousing a pile of Warriors. The Warriors were smoldering on the ground.
As juniors this year, the hope is to keep the momentum going with another win.
“We created an upset last year when we beat out juniors and seniors,” said junior Victoria England. “I don’t know if we can win again, but we are going to try.”
Kali Hollandsworth corrected, “We are going to win. As long as Cameron wears his shorts in the parade, that is.”
The statement brought a round of laughter from those present and Hollandsworth explained, “It’s a joke. It would be difficult to explain it. You just have to know Cameron to understand why that’s funny.”
Junior Makayla Stubblefield has helped build floats all three years.
“We get better every year so we have a good shot at this,” she said.
While each float will be different, all will have the same theme of the Warren County Pioneers defeating the Stone Memorial Panthers.
Homecoming Parade is Oct. 3. Lineup starts at 11:45 p.m. At 12:45 p.m., the parade begins at Tire Mart, runs the length of Main Street, turns right, and ends at the Farmers Market. Following the parade, a pep rally will take place at the Farmers Market.
On Friday night, the Pioneers will be taking on the Panthers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with the Homecoming King and Queen to be crowned at halftime.