Milford High School students and faculty are busy preparing for their upcoming Homecoming Celebration, planned for Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19. This year’s festivities include a Powder Puff Football game, parade, varsity football game and a dance, with the theme “Welcome to the Jungle.”
On Monday, October 16, 2013, senior girls compete against junior girls in the Annual Powder Puff Football Game in Brigg’s Stadium. Admission fees for this annual flag football competition benefit the Junior Class and the Prom. The game begins at 6:30 PM.
On Friday, October 18, at 6:00 PM, the Annual Homecoming Parade travels from the former Milford Middle School building, along Walnut Street to Milford High School. According to Tanya Humes, Student Government Advisor at Milford High School, the participants will line up starting at 5:30 PM.
“We anticipate floats this year from Morris and Ross, as well as the class and club floats that are normally in the parade,” Ms. Humes said. The parade ends in the parking lot of Brigg’s Stadium just before kick-off for the varsity football game.
This year, Milford competes against the Seaford Bluejays in the game, with kick-off scheduled for 7:30 PM. During halftime, the Homecoming Court is announced, and the winner of the Homecoming King and Queen crowned.
“Each club and sports organization nominates a senior male or female candidate,” Ms. Humes explained, when asked how the Homecoming Court is chosen. “Independent senior candidates may also enroll themselves. Seniors vote for their top 10 candidates and then the whole school votes for the King and Queen.”
The weekend festivities are capped off with a semi-formal dance in the school gymnasium on Saturday, October 19, from 8 until 11:30 PM. Students and parents are already preparing for the dance, shopping for formal wear and ordering flowers.
According to Pat Davis of the Bridal Boutique, it is too late to order items for homecoming, as formal dresses take approximately six to eight weeks for delivery. Ms. Davis also says that girls should get in to purchase dresses as their supplies are depleting quickly.
“This year, girls are choosing bright, vibrant colors, and as in past years, most are choosing short dresses for homecoming,” Ms. Davis explained. “A lot of them have chosen dresses that are short, but have lace or other types of overlay giving the appearance of a longer dress in the back.” Lora Gooden of Gooden’s Florist said that her staff checks with Bridal Boutique to get an idea what colors the girls are choosing to be sure they have the right color flowers, ribbon and wire in stock.
“Today, the girls like the bracelet-type wrist corsages, as the bracelets can be removed from the flowers after the dance and used as jewelry,” Ms. Gooden explained. “We are already getting orders for homecoming flowers, and are seeing a lot of teal, magenta, purple and bright green as the choices for wrist corsages.” Ms. Gooden says that they are one of the few florists who still uses wire and tape to complete their boutonnieres and corsages, as some now use glue, which she feels is not as stable. Although the staff at Gooden’s highly recommends ordering early, they say they keep extra stock on hand for those who either forget they need flowers.
“We never turn anyone away,” Ms. Gooden explained. “Technically, the girl is supposed to purchase the boy’s boutonniere, and some girls are unaware of that. Quite often, we have panicked phone calls when they realize they need one at the last minute.” Ms. Gooden explains that they notice orders picking up around two weeks before the dance.
Parents of girls say that they find homecoming dress shopping to be more difficult than shopping for prom. For one reason, there are not varieties of styles in short dresses available that are appropriate for teenagers, say some mothers.
“It is sometimes hard to find a semi-formal short dress that is not cut too low or too short for a teenager,” said Gayle Parola, whose daughter, Alyson, is a senior at Milford this year. “You have to draw that fine line between glamour and provocative. There are so many more options for prom, when the girls choose long, formal dresses, and it just seems as if for Homecoming, the options are so much more limited.”