Cooler temperatures and the start of a fresh school year bring alumni back to a place they once called home.
“For me, it’s a time for everyone to come back and visit. It’s where you grew up and come back to. The kids are just starting this journey and when they go away this is why they will want to come back,” Johnstown school board president Scott Miller said.
Many districts have already kicked off their homecoming festivities with spirit activities, bonfires and school pride.
The Gloversville High School homecoming football game will be at 2 p.m., today at Husky Field at Park Terrace against the Scotia-Glenville Tartans.
“Homecoming brings the whole school together and the fall season. We have been planning this event for months. People have done so much work. We look at other schools [to see what they do] and this is our first year to start a new tradition,” athletic director Mike DeMagistris said.
Over 300 people attended a bonfire at the middle school Thursday
“I went to school here and we never had anything like this. I don’t think there has been a bonfire since the 80s,” DeMagistris said.
Athletes at a leadership conference voiced what they would like to see at their homecoming weekend. It was clear the Huskies needed a new tradition.
DeMagistris said three or four people put in hours of work to make the weekends events possible.
Before the game, the district is partnering with the HFM Prevention Council to host a Fall Family Fun Day at Park Terrace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature food, music, bouncy houses and games and activities, according to a release. DeMagistris said there will be a post-game get together at 7 p.m. This will include music, pizza, and fried dough. Fireworks will begin 9:30 p.m., at the middle school.
“This is for the entire community,” DeMagistris said.
He said he wanted to thank everyone who put effort into create this weekend, which he hopes will become a yearly tradition.
The Greater Johnstown School District will hold spirit week Oct. 3 through 6. Students can participate in twin day, class color day and purple and gold day. A pep rally will be held in the high school gym on Oct. 6. at 6:45 p.m., there will be a hot dog cookout leading up to a bonfire at 7:30 p.m.
“All week things are going to be going on. It’s always a time the kids get excited about; it brings a lot of pride; it’s a pretty neat thing to happen every year,” Miller said.
A fireworks show will take place at 8:20 p.m. There will also be a homecoming dance from 9-11 p.m.
The homecoming football game will be at 7 p.m. on Oct 7., at the Knox Field against Holy Trinity.
Fonda-Fultonville Central School District will celebrate homecoming today. The village of Fonda, Fultonville, the FFCS All Sports Booster Club are sponsoring a parade at 9 a.m. It will kick-off on Main Street in Fultonville, and will travel through Fonda and end at the Montgomery County Office Building. The football game will take place at 1 p.m., against Voorheesville. A Hall of Fame recognition will take place at halftime. The homecoming dance has been rescheduled to Oct. 15.
The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District’s homecoming game is Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., against Johnstown. The district will also be holding a Color Run in honor of Sean Craig on Oct. 15. Check in begins at 9 a.m. The event is in support of the Craig family’s initiative of instating a dive team and supplying sonar equipment to the FM County Sheriff’s Office, according to the district website.
Greater Amsterdam School District will hold a homecoming kickoff bonfire today at 6 p.m., at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Bridge on the South Side. Everyone is invited. A parade will begin at 1:15 pm. The homecoming football game is at 3 p.m., against South Glens Falls on Oct. 1.