Ridgewood Homecoming plans activities today, tomorrow

Mindy Carls, Chronicle editor
Cambridge Seniors nominated for the 2017 Homecoming court are, in front from left, queen candidates Sierra Brown, Renee Fortino, Hannah Moody and Mackenzie Coziahr, and in back, king candidates Travis Kane, Dawson Anderson, Max Nuckles, Mason Piggott and Austin Hanson. There are boys because of a tie in the voting.

Around the World is the theme of the 2017 Ridgewood Homecoming celebration this week.

Events include:

• Friday, Sept. 29 — CHS dress-up theme:  Spartan Spirit and Homecoming T-shirts

1:20 p.m. Class games in CHS gym.

5 to 7 p.m. Cheerleader dinner in CHS cafeteria

7 p.m. Coronation, pep rally and bonfire, Goff-Stahl Field, Cambridge.

• Saturday, Sept. 30 — 9 a.m. Cambridge parade entries judged, Hand Park. For more information, see more of this story on Page 2.

10 a.m. Cambridge parade from Hand Park along Locust and Prospect streets.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Junior class pork chop dinner at Cambridge Community Hall. Proceeds help the junior class pay for Homecoming.

The menu includes a pork chop meal that includes beans, chips, desserts and drinks, or a hot dog meal. Also, pork chop sandwiches and hot dogs may be purchased a la carte.

People may carry out meals or eat at tables in Community Hall.

Pork chops and leftover sidedishes will be sold at the game.

1 p.m. Homecoming football game vs. Mercer County. Note the start time is half an hour earlier than usual.

8:30 to 11 p.m. Homecoming dance at AlWood High School, Woodhull.

Parade details

The Cambridge Rotary Club will host the 2017 Ridgewood Homecoming parade on Saturday. The theme is “Around the World.”

Parade entrants are asked to be at Hand Park by 9 am. to be judged.

Judges will be Dennis Nussear, Susie VanWynsberghe, Linda Lindburg and Kaye Maertens.

Prizes will be awarded in categories for classic cars, high school class floats and organizational floats, as well a new category, alumni floats.

Judges will look for creativity, connection to the Homecoming theme, neatness/staying power, and Spartan spirit.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m.  from Hand Park, moving down Locust Street before turning onto Prospect Street.

Elementary students who want to be in the parade should meet at Railroad Park at 9 a.m. for judging at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be given for best costume, best decorated bike for 8 years and under and 9 years and older, and best decorated motorized vehicle.

Every year the Cambridge Rotary selects an individual and a business to recognize and to lead the parade.

The individual is presented with the Scott Smith “Service Above Self” award for outstanding contributions to the village of Cambridge.

This year’s winner is Doreen Vincent. She is the director of the Community Youth Center.

The other award is for a business that “Promotes Cambridge.”

This year’s winner is Dr. John Gnatovich, DDS. He has been in business in Cambridge for many years. 

Amy Moskotwitz-Jeffries and Kris Wexell will be the parade announcers on Prospect Street.