The Allen East Varsity football team rode through Harrod on Sept. 23 behind another team. (Ada Herald/Carla Oberly)
The Allen East Varsity football team rode through Harrod on Sept. 23 behind another team. (Ada Herald/Carla Oberly)

HARROD — On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the first ever Allen East Homecoming Parade was held in the village of Harrod. The Allen East Stang Gang wanted to involve the community and get back to celebrating school pride.

Allen East was established in 1965, so this year marked the 50th Homecoming for the Mustangs. The parade had about 35 participants, and included approximately 40 previous Homecoming queens.  It was an awesome sight as the floats rounded the corner onto Main street, to see so many community members filling the sidewalks.  It was a beautiful evening to celebrate school spirit, and that is exactly what it was: a celebration.  Soccer teams, football teams, cheerleading squads, mascots, fire trucks and classic cars lined Main Street from the north to the south end.  

Friday evening, the Allen East SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving) group sponsored a tailgate party before the Homecoming game against Bluffton. The Homecoming Court festivities began at 6:15 p.m. when the Senior royalty and attendants were driven in golf carts in front of the home stadium. Miss Caley Mason was named 2015 Homecoming Queen, which makes her the 50th queen to be crowned.  Luke Perkins, #14 for the Mustangs, was crowned King.

The festivities continued on Saturday night as the Allen East Auditeria was the place to be for students and their dates. The Homecoming dance was well attended, and the dance floor stayed busy through the evening to round out the big 50-year celebration.