Whetstone High School homecoming organizers have turned the traditional homecoming game and dance into a weekend packed full of school events.

Whetstone High School homecoming organizers have turned the traditional homecoming game and dance into a weekend packed full of school events.

Festivities will begin with a pre-game homecoming parade, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the high school. Whetstone Alumni also will tailgate in the school's parking lot.

Following the parade, which is in its second year, the Whetstone Braves will face off against the Mifflin High School Punchers at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, there will be a 5K walk/run along the bike path around Whetstone High School. Runners and walkers can sign up at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. start.

The "Bring it Home" 5K race will benefit the Whetstone Parent Teacher Association.

Also on Oct. 11, there will be a pancake breakfast in the Whetstone High School cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will cost $6 and will benefit the high school's music programs.

Ellin Granger, who is helping to organize the parade, said homecoming organizers decided to expand homecoming activities this year as a way to get more families and the community involved.

"The whole weekend's kind of new," Granger said. "(The) PTA, parent volunteers and others wanted to have a homecoming weekend with several events, rather than two or three separate events at different times."

Granger said school organizers had put on a 5K in the past, and this year, Ted Shigley decided to revive the event and incorporate it into homecoming.

"It kind of dropped off, and he decided to bring it back this year," Granger said.

The first 300 registrants for the race will receive T-shirts. For more information on the race, or to register, e-mail WhetstoneFunRun@aol.com.

Homecoming organizers also are looking for more participants for the homecoming parade.

Granger said businesses sponsors are needed for the parade, as well as convertibles or pick-up trucks to drive homecoming court members and school officials.

Businesses also can sponsor a homecoming event or enter a float in the parade, Granger said. Those interested can contact Granger at ellin.granger@yahoo.com.

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