This Friday night will culminate not one but two weeks of preparation at Riverbank High School for this year’s football Homecoming event, with the game at Angelo Novi Stadium on the RHS campus.
Although the King and Queen candidate finalists were announced at lunch time in the quad this past Friday, those young ladies brave enough to ‘tackle’ it will have been practicing for a week and a half before tonight’s (Wednesday, Sept. 20) Powder Puff game.
In addition to the King and Queen hopefuls, the daily themes for this week’s celebration were also announced at a fashion show on Friday, with students portraying potential costume ideas to go along with them.
Homecoming Queen candidates include Kim Alderete, Raquel Colon, Alondra Hernandez, Guadalupe Rodriguez, and Klarissa Valadez. Those in the running for Homecoming King are Matt Jones, Theo Luu, Daniel Madueño, Victor Rosa, and Carlos Villapudua.
Kicking off the Theme Day festivities on Monday, Sept. 18 at RHS, the theme for the day was to be 1970s: Hippies vs. Disco.
On Tuesday, it was to be 1980s: Punk vs. Pop Stars. Wednesday’s theme is the 1990s: Grunge vs. Preps, and Thursday, it’s to be the Early 2000s: Disney Channel vs Nickelodeon.
Friday, with the actual Homecoming football game and associated festivities, is the traditional Bruin Spirit day with appropriate attire.
On Friday, the final voting for King and Queen will take place during second period classes at Riverbank High, with a rally planned at the school, then the Homecoming Parade in downtown Riverbank to start at 3:15 p.m., heading down Santa Fe Street from Community Center Park, then turning on Third Street and back up Stanislaus to disband.
The Homecoming game will be played that night, with JV football action beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity game starting around 7:30 p.m. Royalty will be crowned during the evening.
This year’s football Homecoming celebration will be augmented by a loose band of RHS alumni who have come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first year of Riverbank High School, the 1967-68 school year.
Thursday evening, Sept. 21, they’ve put together what has been dubbed the “Brew ‘n’ Bear Crawl,” an obvious play on Bruin lore. There will be live music downtown, a DJ, tacos, pizza, adult beverages and more. They plan on participating in the downtown parade on Friday, and possibly the half-time ceremonies at the varsity football game. There’s also an open house of sorts in the Fauria Gym scheduled during the JV game.