Great Bend High School’s Homecoming Royalty will ride in style at Friday’s parade.
For several years, king and queen candidates have traveled down Main Street in golf carts, but this year they will be seated in convertibles owned by local car enthusiasts, said Jeff Mauler, president of the GBHS Booster Club.
School gets out at 2:30 p.m. so everyone can attend the 3 p.m. parade that starts in front of the water park at Brit Spaugh Park and proceeds south down Main Street.
The parade organizers also wanted to improve the safety of students being dropped off to ride on floats, USD 428 Activities Director David Meter said. They talked to Police Chief Cliff Couch to see if there were any safety issues.
This year there will be one-way traffic for vehicles dropping off elementary and middle school students at Brit Spaugh Park. The high school floats will be east of the Wetlands water park, ready to roll onto Main Street. The floats for elementary and middle school students will follow from a staging area south of the pool. Vehicles dropping off children should enter the northwest corner of Brit Spaugh Park off of Morton Street and use the large parking lot west of the water park. From there, elementary children can walk to the staging area and the vehicles can follow the circle counter-clockwise to the park’s exit onto Williams St.
Someone will be directing traffic, Meter said.
After the parade, everyone should return to the same location.
The Homecoming football game with Dodge City High School will be at 7 p.m. Friday in Memorial Stadium. The band and orchestra will be selling chili in the Kilby Commons at the high school from 5-7 p.m.
There will be special seating for members of the GBHS Class of 1995, which will be recognized during the game, Meter said.
This year’s senior candidates for Homecoming King and Queen are: Zach Doughterty, Cody Liles, Kayn Milholland, Jeffrey Muiruri, Alyssa Jean, Makayla Johnson, Aubrey Maneth and Sarah Mauler.
Junior attendants are Cal Marshall, Wyatt Rugan, Aubrey Habash and Allison Muth.
Sophomore attendants are Andrew Morss, Blake Ridgel, Sydney Soukup and Logan Welcher.
Freshman attendants are Reece Morss, Chance Perry, Delaney Buehler and Katherine Snapp.
Crown bearer and flower girl are Jake Schlessiger and Gentry VanSkike.