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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

RHS Homecoming 2014 This Weekend

The old High School building, where most exes spent their high school years.
Roscoe High School exes will gather from far and wide this weekend for RHS Homecoming 2014.  This will be the first time Homecoming has been held on consecutive years, but teacher Katie Heaps and current high school students have organized a full three-day event and are ready for the festivities to begin.


Cheerleaders at last year's bonfire.
Homecoming 2014 will begin tomorrow evening at about 7:00pm with the bonfire on Young Farm Estates property in north Roscoe just east of FM 608.  Tailgating is encouraged, cheerleaders and the band will be on hand, and there will be food, drinks, and glow items available for sale.  The fire will be set as soon as the sun goes down and will be followed by fireworks.


Then on Friday at 1:00pm the Exes Reception will be held in the new Special Events Center.  RHS alums will be able to visit with old classmates and friends, enjoy refreshments, chat with students, and tour the new facilities.

An afternoon pep rally in the old gym will precede the game.
At 2:50pm the Pep Rally will be held in the old gym to get the Plowboys pumped for their football game with Miles.  Exes will be recognized.  From 4:30 to 7:00pm folks will gather in the Cafetorium for more visits during the Plowgirl Potato Bake, which costs $6 per plate and benefits Plowgirls’ Athletics.

The Plowboys open district play with Miles.
Kickoff for the football game with the Miles Bulldogs will be at 7:30pm at Plowboy Field.  This will be the Plowboys’ first district game, and it should be a good one.  During halftime, the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned and the Homecoming Court announced.  There will also be a photo booth where pictures can be taken and purchased.

After the game, teenagers will gather for the high school dance at the Community Center while adults make their way to the Lumberyard to hear the Blackland Bullet Company, featuring Plowboy Exes Jady Underwood (1998) and Toby Young (1998).  The $10 per person cover/donation will go to the Roscoe Collegiate Scholarship Fund.


On Saturday morning all the activities will be in the Cafetorium.  The Meet & Greet begins at 8:30 with coffee, donuts, visits with other exes, tours of the school led by students, door prizes, and awards.

Robotics demonstration in the Cafetorium.
At 10:00, the Robotics Team will do a demonstration, students will make presentations, and the History 1301 class will present a short history of Roscoe.  At 10:30 student Tech Wizards will be available to help old Luddites learn how to stay connected with family and friends through the use of Facebook and Facetime.

The morning activities will be followed by the Enchilada Lunch (enchilada casserole, beans, rice, salad, drink, dessert), which runs from 11:30am to 1:30pm.  Advance tickets are $7, and tickets at the door are $8.

Lunch will be followed by the Exes’ Guys & Gals Basketball Game, from 2:00 to 5:00 in the Plowboy Gymnasium.  Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students.  The concession stand will be open, and proceeds will benefit the Athletic Department.  Those interested in playing should sign up via the link on the Facebook page.

The downtown Homecoming Parade will begin at 3:00pm with the lineup at 2:30 on Broadway in front of the old Nitzsche Welding Shop.  A special feature will be the bicycle decorating contest for elementary school students.

During the afternoon the Roscoe Historical Museum downtown will be open for visitors.

Gordon Miles and Leslie Huff at the Lumberyard.
At 8:00pm Open Mic begins outside at the Lumberyard, where you and others will be able to impress the audience with your undiscovered vocal talents.  Then at 9:30 the Purple Spirit Band featuring RHS exes Leslie Huff (1973), Gordon Miles (1974), Billy Joe Jay (1971), and Kenny Zimmerman (1974) will take the stage.

Other activities include the Roscoe 2nd Saturday Trade Days from 8:00-4:00 at the Roscoe Community Center.  Several vendors will be set up there along with the concession stand.   You can also visit local businesses, pick up a punch card, and be entered in a drawing for a gift basket valued at over $200.  You can visit participating merchants Friday and Saturday until 2:30.  The drawing will be held at the Lumberyard, right before Open Mic at 8:00pm.  You need not be present to win.

Class parties will also be held on Saturday night.  For more information, consult the Roscoe Homecoming Facebook page.

In short, there should be plenty to do for everyone this weekend.  We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.



Hamburger lunch at the cotton gin last Thursday.
The Central Rolling Plains Co-op held its annual open house last Thursday with a hamburger lunch at the gin northwest of town.  Gin Manager Larry Black gave a short address to the members present and updated them on recent developments regarding the gin.

Members also wrote down their guesses for the number of cotton bales to be ginned this year, and a $100 prize awaits the person who gets the closest without going over.



Last night's moonrise in the eastern sky.
Last Wednesday the high was 91°F, the first time it had been as high as 90° since September 10, and after all the mild weather we’d been having, it felt like we were back in summer again.  The rest of the week, though, was cooler with highs in the low eighties and lows in the fifties. On Sunday, however, warmer weather was back with a high of 88°, then 89° on Monday and all the way up to 94° yesterday.

These high temperatures should continue for the next three days with highs approaching 90° and lows in the mid sixties.  Then a cool front will move through Friday night, bringing with it a 40% chance of precipitation. 

Afternoon temperatures on Saturday will get only into the mid seventies with a low that night of around 60°.  During the day there will be a 30% chance of precipitation, diminishing to 20% that evening.  On Sunday and Columbus Day, skies will be sunny and afternoon temperatures will return to the mid eighties with morning lows in the lower sixties. 


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