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Homecoming festivities in full swing this week

It’s Homecoming time again at Unicoi County High School
This year’s Homecoming features 44 candidates, along with their escorts, who will take the stage in the school’s traditional Homecoming pageant on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event will cost $5 for adults and $3 for students.
On Friday, the candidates will present an encore presentation of the pageant during school hours for students.
At halftime during Friday night’s Blue Devil football game against Gatlinburg-Pittman, the candidates will line the football field as one of them is crowned this year’s Homecoming Queen.
“Homecoming is all about letting both the best of the community and the school shine,” Lori Ann Wright, one of this year’s Homecoming organizers, said on Monday.
Wright will be in charge of stage decorations for this year’s Homecoming, which is themed “Vintage Circus.”
Wright explained that students voted for the theme because it exhibits and celebrates the talents of UCHS students, as well as the “family-centered, quaint feel of the town.”
“I’m so excited the student’s voted for ‘Vintage Circus’ as this year’s theme,” she added. “The circus provided entertainment in even the most difficult of times.”
Wright explained that railroads brought traveling carnivals and circuses through small towns all over the United States during the first half of the 20th century.
“The circus meant family fun and spectacular entertainment: death-defying feats, exotic animals, and last but not least, lovely ladies with talent and poise,” Wright said. “So we want to invite the community to celebrate with us the elegance, glamor, mystery and magic of the Big Top in the 1930s.”
In addition to the traditional Homecoming festivities that will be taking place at the school and in the community this week, one traditional element of Homecoming has changed this year.
The annual Homecoming parade, which features the candidates and their escorts riding in a wide assortment of showy muscle cars and automobile classics, will step off from the parking lot of Erwin’s Food Lion store this year, rather than the high school parking lot. The parade is set to begin at 6 p.m.
“The UCHS Band and all of this year’s Homecoming candidates and escorts will be in the parade, which will start at Food Lion and continue down Main Street to Gentry Stadium,” a release from the school stated. “We encourage the community to come out and support the Blue Devils.”
The Homecoming Queen is selected by student ballot and, as in previous years, the winner will be revealed during Friday night’s game.