Douglas High School’s home football game kicks off with the 6th annual Fall Fest Parade “Neon Lights DHS Nights” at Minden Park 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“Fall Fest is about bringing the school and the community together and celebrating the school all together,” said Douglas High School Activities Director Karen Lamb. “We’re trying to promote school spirit and involvement and starting the school year off strong.”
Lamb said the community is encouraged to celebrate and rally with the high school.
The Homecoming King and Queen parade starts at 5:30 p.m. from Esmeralda Avenue and the Honoree Alumni and Hall of Fame induction follows, while activities, food trucks from Donuts and Donuts, Shaved Ice and more, high school clubs and other vendors provide fun and entertainment for all ages until 8 p.m.
The homecoming court is made up of 10 seniors from different sports, clubs and activities.
Homecoming queen nominees Zuri Romero and Mackenzie Nevius said having the different clubs and sports represented in the court adds to the experience and makes it equal for everyone to participate.
“I think the variety of clubs in the court is important because every club deserves to be represented and shows that each one is unique and having them come together shows the involvement and community of the school,” said Romero.
The nominees said being a part of the court has been an exciting experience so far.
“I kind of ran as a joke, I didn’t know it would actually happen,” said Homecoming nominee King Jensen Benigno. “I’m glad I was though, because it helps you get involved and to expand your outreach and experiences and not just focus on school.”
Homecoming queen nominee Addy Doerr said she has been enjoying the experience with old and new friends.
“It’s been really fun,” she said. “Me and Theo have been friends for a long time, so it’s fun to do it with someone you know while also getting to meet new people and experiencing new things and just being part of a tradition.”
The homecoming court agreed that the traditions leading up to the home football game is for the community inside and outside of the school to get together in preparation and celebration of the Douglas Tiger spirit.
The Douglas Tigers will play Galena High School 7 p.m. Friday at home.