Wilson homecoming parade, festival, game all on Saturday

October 2, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – After changes to the football schedule, the Wilson community members will parade, tailgate and watch the game in the same day for the 2018 Wilson High School homecoming.

This year’s theme is “We Can’t Hide Our Tiger Pride.”

Mark Bailey, the president of the Wilson High School Alumni Association, said because the game has been moved from Friday to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Tiger Fest, the association’s tailgating event, will end at 5 p.m. Other than the changes to Tiger Fest, the other events will take place at the same time.

Tiger Fest ending early will allow for people to get the stadium ready for the game.

The parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at the corner of Edisto and West Evans streets and ending at Williams Middle School. Right after the parade, Tiger Fest will begin on the grounds of Memorial Stadium.

Myron Frieson, the homecoming chairperson, said the parade will consist of student clubs and some city groups, as well as the Wilson High School marching band. He also said during Tiger Fest there will be musical and dance performances and games for children.

Frieson said he is excited to see this year’s Wilson homecoming and tailgate happen on the same day because it will give it a college feel.

“I’m most excited about having everyone come home,” Frieson said. “For this homecoming where we’ve always had things on separate days, I’m most excited for this to have the feel of an actual college homecoming.”

Frieson said alumni come from places as far away as Michigan to attend the homecoming events.

Tickets for Tiger Fest are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Wilson High School and Williams Middle School students must bring their IDs to get $2 ticket entry.

Funds raised by the Wilson High School Alumni Association go back to Wilson High School to help the students, Frieson said.

The first homecoming event, a bowling tournament for alumni, has already taken place. Bailey said he’s heard from some alumni that this year had the biggest attendance.

Ten teams of five alumni participated in the tournament, and the class of 1969 won.

People can still sign up to participate in the parade. For those who are interested, contact the activities committee at myronfriesonwhsaa@gmail.com.

Update hourly