If you like Homecoming and you live in Platteville, you are getting a double dose of it this week.
Platteville High School and UW–Platteville are holding their Homecomings this week.
PHS Homecoming week kicked off with a bonfire in the high school’s back parking lot on Monday. Homecoming court was announced during the bonfire.
The theme for the PHS 2014 Homecoming Week is ”Giddy Up for Homecoming.” During each day of Homecoming week, students are dressing in different costumes competing to earn spirit points. The spirit days from Monday to Friday are America Day, Western Day, PJ/Toga Day, Throwback Thursday, and Hillmen Pride Day.
A pep rally will be held Friday afternoon with games and activities to help each class earn spirit points. Members of fall sports teams and activities will be introduced.
Following the pep rally, the third annual PHS Homecoming Parade will start at 1:30 p.m. The parade route begins at City Park, travels down Main Street, and ends at Oak Street. All students and staff of the school district will be attending the parade, and there will be entries from each school building, including fall sports and school activities.
Homecoming Court will be introduced during halftime of the football game against Dodgeville at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium Friday.
Homecoming festivities will conclude with the Homecoming Dance in the PHS commons on Saturday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Coronation for king and queen will take place at 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased during the week for $7 and the night of the dance for $8.
Community members may also attend the coronation, and admission is free. Spectators should arrive at 8:45 p.m. All attendees are asked to please park in the front parking lot.
UW–Platteville is also holding its Homecoming this week, with events ranging from the annual parade to the celebration of 100 years of the School of Agriculture.
Throughout the week, students and faculty will take on the “Hollywood” theme by participating in multiple television or movie-themed activities to show their Pioneer pride.
On Sunday, the Red Carpet Banner Ceremony kicked off Homecoming, with registered student organizations picking a
subtheme and creating a banner that will be displayed for the week in the Pioneer Crossing at the Markee Pioneer Student Center. The Animal House Food Fight, a food drive for the Platteville Food Pantry, also began Sunday. Donations can be dropped off during Homecoming week at the Pioneer Involvement Center on the first floor of the MPSC.
The Ag Olympics Obstacle Course will take place in Memorial Park today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to celebrate 100 years of the School of Agriculture at UW–Platteville. Following the Ag Olympics will be the yell contest, where different student groups on campus will participate in a yelling competition to see who can cheer the loudest for the Pioneer volleyball squad.
The women’s volleyball team will take on Carroll College at Bo Ryan Court in Williams Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. Student group check-in will be from 6:15 to 6:40 p.m.
Thursday is the Oscars-themed Variety Show and Coronation in Velzy Commons at Ullsvik Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. A variety of student organizations will create skits to perform in front of their fellow students and the community. The Homecoming king and queen also will be announced.
On Saturday the float judging for the parade will begin around 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Ullsvik Hall and continue down Main Street until the ending point at the Platteville Fire Department, with tailgating and the football game to follow. The Pioneers will take on UW–River Falls at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium at 1 p.m,, with the UW–Platteville Homecoming court will be introduced at halftime.
As always, the lighting of the “M” will occur Saturday at 9 p.m. to conclude Homecoming week.
For a full schedule of events, go to the UW–Platteville Campus Programming and Relations website.