Homecoming week in Farmington features community-building activities

In the past few years, homecoming in Farmington has forged strong bonds between the high school and the rest of the community.

Homecoming week features community-building activities such as a parade through the streets of downtown Farmington. (File photo by Rick Orndorf)

Homecoming week features community-building activities such as a parade through the streets of downtown Farmington. (File photo by Rick Orndorf)

With several opportunities for students to interact directly with civic leaders and residents, the events have created positive memories for young and old alike.

Tiger pride will continue to shine Sept. 15 to 21 during a host of homecoming week events.

Among the notable changes this year are that the coronation and bonfire have moved to the Farmington High School campus.

It all kicks off Sunday, Sept. 15, with float building from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Those who wish to build a float should preregister their group by calling the high school.

The Homecoming Parade, which is expected to include several floats from school groups and a performance by the Farmington High School marching band, takes to the streets of downtown Farmington at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

That will be followed by the Royalty Coronation in the high school’s Recital Hall 45 minutes after the parade ends. Farmington students will gather for their traditional bonfire at the school after the coronation.

As for the week’s sporting events, the football team will take on New Prague at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

Other contests include Thursday night’s slate when New Prague will be the foe for the volleyball team’s Jam the Gym and the boys and girls soccer teams’ Flood the Field games starting at 7 p.m.

The girls tennis squad takes on Chanhassen at 4:15 p.m. for its Crowd the Courts night.

Student-only events include Activity Night on Sept. 16, when they will work in teams to find clues during the Amazing Race and later in the night have the Extreme Bowling Tournament. A Taco Tuesday feed is slated Sept. 17 along with Movie Night at the school.

During the school day, students will be entertained and educated during the ASA BMX Anti-Bullying Rally, which is organized by a national touring club.

It all wraps up with the Homecoming Dance for Farmington students and their guests from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

Homecoming week for Rosemount High School is Sept. 23-27.

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