Paonia High School will be a blur of activity this week as students celebrate Homecoming Week.
The week includes numerous longstanding traditions. Each day, students are encouraged to dress in a different theme. Today's dress-up theme is "Beach Day." No after-school activities are planned.
Thursday is "Pajama Day." The evening's activities include Peachfuzz volleyball, where males take over the court and battle for their class to win the championship. The senior class will hold a barbecue fundraiser.
After dark, things will heat up when the bonfire is lit by runners carrying torches from the traditional lighting of P Hill.
Each year the freshman class builds the bonfire structure. This year's structure is designed not to collapse, and to burn hot and fast. The design was introduced by custodian Scott Burns in 2015 and has been used ever since.
Friday is Red and Black Day, with the Homecoming Parade through downtown starting at First Street beginning at 1 p.m.
This year's parade theme is "Board Games." Class float themes are as follows:
freshmen -- Clue (a detective game);
sophomores -- Mousetrap (don't get trapped!);
juniors -- Life (what path will you take?);
and seniors -- Battleship (a head-to-head game of strategy).
This year's parade grand marshals are Ed and Pat Bennett.
On Friday night head for Dan Lawrence Field for the Eagles Homecoming football game. This year they face Roaring Fork (Carbondale). Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Because the game coincides with the opening festivities of the 17th annual Mountain Harvest Festival, parking could be scarce. Those arriving early may find better parking, and they can attend the annual tailgate party beginning at 5 p.m., at the football field. The Touchdown Club will be selling hamburgers, beverages and more at the Ellen Hansen Smith Teen Center.
At halftime is the traditional crowning of the Homecoming royalty.
On Saturday, the volleyball team hosts its Homecoming game against Nucla. Games begin at 11 a.m., with the varsity game scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday evening is the annual Homecoming dance.