An off-the-wall week concludes today as Dodge City High School finishes its homecoming week with its annual parade and football game.

The opponent for the Red Demons at Memorial Stadium is Great Bend. The Panthers are 1-2 on the season, as is Dodge City.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Before football, however, is the parade in downtown Dodge City. The parade rout is different than other parades.

"We gather at the parking lot near Applebee’s and the Visitor’s Center," said Shawn Steiner, activities director at Dodge City High School. "We take Gunsmoke to 2nd Avenue and go north to Comanche and east to the stadium parking lot.

"The parade starts at 5 p.m."

The theme for this year’s homecoming is Dodge City Fiesta. Traditionally, the parade features floats from each class, entries from several clubs, the high school bands and cars transporting the homecoming candidates.

Last year the King and Queen contest was changed.

"It’s a scholarship contest," Steiner said. "Each candidate had to meet certain requirements — be involved in a (Kansas High School Activities Associated) activity, have a certain grade-point average — and then it’s still a student-voted contest.

"We’ll have a second runner-up, a first runner-up and the winner."

The crowning of homecoming royalty will be at halftime of the football game.

Students have spent the week getting ready for today’s activities.

"Monday was pajama day at school," Steiner said. "Tuesday was twin day, Wednesday was mathletes versus athletes day and (Thursday) was class color day.

"It’s been a good week."

The school day on Thursday began with a pep assembly. There is no school at the high school today.

The weeklong celebration concludes with a homecoming dance on Saturday night.


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