Tonight, LHS students celebrated 2016 Homecoming week by attending the annual Homecoming Bonfire. From 7-8pm, this special event not only included the lighting of a large pile of wood, but many other fun things such as a pie eating contest, a bucket relay challenge and a bouncy castle.
LHS students arrived at the Bonfire to find a plate full of desserts waiting for them along with some popular tunes played by the marching band. The cheerleaders and poms led cheers and dances throughout the evening as well. The large pile of wood in the parking lot was lit up by LHS firemen around 7:25pm, but there was some difficulty getting the wood to catch fire.
The wood eventually did catch fire and students were able to enjoy the sight and the warmth radiating off of the fire.
“I think it’s pretty cool. I never did anything like this in middle school. I like it all; it’s a really cool concept,” said freshman Donovan Marshall.
The Bonfire has been a tradition at LHS for a long time, and even teachers enjoy attending the bonfire.
“I love the Bonfire. I think it’s a fun way to get the kids together and get them excited about homecoming,” said Spanish teacher Becky Shew.
Shew along with some other teachers even brought their young kids to experience the exciting atmosphere of the bonfire.
“This is his [7 year old son’s] first time at the Bonfire. He was very excited about the dessert bar and how big the flames were going to get,” Shew said.
The pie eating contest, bouncy castle and the bucket relay race were also fun ways to get students hyped up. Loud cheering could be heard when the seniors won the bucket relay race and as a result, they will get their class name inscribed on the annual Bonfire trophy.
The fire eventually died down around 8pm as students started to leave, but they can keep their excitement running high because the Homecoming football game is coming up this Friday evening, and the dance will take place on Saturday. Tomorrow’s dress up day is “blackout” day, and Friday’s is “class t-shirt” day, so students can look forward to sharing their school spirit and attending the other Homecoming events taking place throughout the rest of this week.