School spirit will have nowhere to hide this week as Paonia High School celebrates Homecoming Week.
This year's theme is "A Lifetime of Music." Throughout the week, classes will compete in sports and other events, vying for both class points and bragging rights.
A different dress-up theme is assigned to each day of the week. Today is hobo/hillbilly Day, Thursday is Beach Bum Day. Monday's theme was "America," with lots of red, white and blue. Tuesday's theme was triplets.
Homecoming Week varsity and junior varsity sports competitions begin Thursday, with the volleyball team hosting Plateau Valley at 5 p.m.
The annual senior barbecue also happens Thursday from 5-7 p.m., in the school commons. Following the volleyball games, the boys take over the gym floor for Peach Fuzz volleyball. First-round games pit seniors versus freshmen and juniors versus sophomores. Classes can earn up to 40 points for school spirit.
The lighting of the "P" and annual bonfire take place after Peach Fuzz volleyball.
Friday is Red and Black Day at PHS. The Homecoming Parade begins, rain, wind, snow or shine, at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of First Street and Grand Avenue. The route travels north to Third Street and on to Town Park. Spectators should plan ahead, as the 27th annual Colorado Grand car tour, featuring upwards of 85 vintage race cars of distinction, is also scheduled to arrive downtown between noon and 1 p.m.
Adhering to this year's theme, the freshman float will be based on the Big Band sounds of the 1940s, sophomores will take on the music of the 50s and 60s and Elvis, juniors have the music of the 1980s, and the senior float will be based on the music of the 2000s.
The highlight of any Homecoming Week is the football game. The undefeated Eagles football team will face Centauri Friday, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. At halftime, all royalty will be introduced and the 2015 Homecoming king and queen will be crowned.
Events wrap up Saturday evening with the Homecoming Dance.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.