Costumes, interclass competition, sports and dance are all on this week's menu as Paonia High School celebrates Homecoming Week.
This year's theme is the Olympics. Today (Wednesday) is Olympic Ring Color Day, with each class representing a different ring color: seniors, black; juniors, red; sophomores, blue; and freshmen, green. The fifth color, yellow, will be represented by school staff.
The girls take to the field this evening in the annual capture the flag game starting at 6:30 p.m. at Paonia Town Park.
"Throwback Thursday" gives students the opportunity to dress in attire from any time in history.
Thursday afternoon the volleyball teams will seek a Homecoming win when they face Norwood. Competition begins at 3 p.m., with varsity matches beginning at 5 p.m. Throughout the evening the senior class will host the annual barbecue fundraiser.
Immediately after the games, the boys will demonstrate their adept skill on the court in peachfuzz volleyball. At dusk, the annual bonfire and lighting of the "P" take place.
Friday is Red and Black Day. The Homecoming parade is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., starting at First Street and Grand Avenue.
At 5 p.m. the annual tailgate party begins at Town Park. The Paonia Touchdown Club will be running the concession stand at the Ellen Hansen Smith Teen Center throughout the game.
All Homecoming activities lead to one event: Friday night football. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Friday, red and black meets royal blue and white when the Eagles football team opens the season against the Center Vikings at Paonia Town Park.
At halftime the Homecoming king and queen will be crowned. This year's candidates for queen are Sophia Anderson, Mckenna Hartigan and Mary O'Rourke, and candidates for king are Warren Minerich, Dagan Rienks and Colby Simpson; junior attendants are McKenna Palmer and Slater Podgorny; sophomore attendants are Poppy Lightfoot and Sackett Chesnick; and freshman attendants are Carly Horn and Samuel Erickson.
Saturday night is the annual Homecoming dance.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.