A tireless volunteer will lead the 13th annual homecoming parade this weekend at Whetstone High School.
The parade will step off at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, from the school, 4405 Scenic Drive, wending through the neighborhood before returning to kick off the homecoming festival at 5:30 p.m.
Mary Pajor will serve as the parade's grand marshal.
Pajor is a past PTA President at Whetstone, founder of the Read-a-Thon at Clinton Elementary School, a Clintonville Education member and past board member of Clintonville Go Public, among many other volunteer efforts.
The parade will feature entries from many Clintonville-area schools, including Dominion Middle School; Clinton, Colerain, Como, Indian Springs, Salem and Weinland Park elementary schools; and Indianola Alternative Informal K-8 School. Whetstone's homecoming court will ride in a sports car provided by members of the Capital City Corvette Club.
The parade also will feature the Whetstone marching band, cheerleaders, athletic teams and club members. Karen Ballmer, the 2019 Whetstone High School Educator of the Year, and Fred Connell, 2019 Volunteer of the Year, also will be honored.
The pre-game homecoming festival will feature live music from the Dad Band, plus free hot dogs, chips and carnival games.
The Whetstone High School PTA also will host a silent auction.
Susan Gaunce, PTA president and chairwoman of the parade and festival, stressed the importance of this event.
"The festival is the PTA's biggest fundraising event of the year," Gaunce said in a press release. "The money we raise supports a variety of student needs, including grants for students and teachers, technology upgrades and investment in academic materials and supplies.
"The PTA is focused on supporting initiatives that help to improve the quality of education and student life for the entire Whetstone community."
The homecoming football game will begin at 7 p.m. against Beechcroft. The king and queen will be revealed during halftime.
Festivities continue Saturday, Oct. 12, when students gather at the high school for a disco-themed dance.