Whetstone High School's 12th annual homecoming parade and third annual homecoming festival begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the school, 4405 Scenic Drive.

The combined events, which have grown into a neighborhood tradition, will take place prior to the football game with East High School.

Teacher of the Year Doug Kohler will help to lead the parade.

Cliff Wiltshire, Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year for 2018 and founder of the Clintonville Spotlight, was selected by the PTA as this year's grand marshal, said PTA President Tiffany Grinstead.

"Cliff is the parent of Whetstone alumni and has remained an active supporter of the school community over the years," Grinstead said in the announcement. "It is our tradition to honor someone in the community who embodies the bravery and community commitment of the spirit of Whetstone. As our parade marshal, he will send a powerful message to our students about how one person can translate their passions and talents into something that builds and fosters community."

Following the parade at the high school grounds, the PTA will distribute free hot dogs, chips and water, and children's games will be available. The PTA will hold a raffle for two Ohio State-Michigan football tickets for $5 each. The drawing will be held at halftime of the game. A silent auction also will be held, featuring tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets and OSU-Nebraska football, as well as gift cards, handmade pieces and items donated by local vendors.

A short live auction at 6 p.m. will feature a three-course meal for 15 valued at $1,500 from sponsor Bleu and Fig Catering, a week at a cabin near Yellowstone National Park donated by longtime supporters and alumni parents the Woodwards, and theme-park tickets.

"Whetstone is proud to offer this event for the entire community to enjoy," Principal Janet Routzong said in the announcement. "We are excited to have not only the students and faculty of Whetstone represented but also our alumni, pathway schools, local businesses and organizations as well. "All of our neighbors are invited to watch the parade and show your support for the Whetstone Braves."

Local businesses may donate cash sponsorships or silent-auction items through Wednesday, Sept. 19, by emailing Grinstead at tiffany.grinstead@columbus.rr.com.