Lake City High homecoming weekend packed with events
LAKE CITY, S.C. – The Lake City High School Alumni Association has a full weekend of activities planned in celebration of this year’s homecoming.
Festivities started Thursday with an alumni meet-and-greet and membership drive. Activities are scheduled through Sunday.
Latasha Robinson, president of the Lake City High School Alumni Association, said the association has hosted homecoming activities for about six years now after realizing the large numbers of people who were interested in coming together as a whole.
Friday’s activities will start with an alumni brunch sponsored by Florence County School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson. The brunch will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the boardroom at the district office.
A pep rally is planned for 1 p.m. Friday in the Lake City High School gym. Alumni are asked to enter through the gym lobby and sit in the designated alumni/visitor section.
“At the pep rally, we’re going to highlight investigator Farrah Maxine Turner,” Robinson said.
Turner, a member of the Lake City High School Class of 2000, is one of the officers who were wounded in a Florence shooting last week.
Robinson said the alumni association will also highlight Turner during a parade on Saturday and during a tailgate event. A hashtag, #FightFarrahFight, has been started in her honor.
“And we’re still sending prayers up from Panther Nation,” Robinson said.
A tailgate event will start at 6 p.m. Friday at Ward Memorial Stadium, and kickoff for the homecoming football against Marion High School is at 7:30 p.m.
About 90 units are scheduled for Saturday’s homecoming parade, which will feature alumni and current students. The parade is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. on East Main Street. The parade will start at Main Street Elementary School, turn left on Morris Street, cross over Highway 52 and end at Ward Memorial Stadium, Robinson said.
Grand marshals for the parade are Lake City Administrator Stephany Snowden and former Lake City High School educators Bill Bridgeman and Jeff Henneghan.
Alumni Day will be held at the stadium after the parade. The tailgate event is recognized as the “biggest class reunion ever,” Robinson said. Until 5 p.m., alumni can enjoy food, games and entertainment by Uncle Buddah, among other activities. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Children 5 and under will be admitted free.
The weekend’s festivities will end Sunday with a worship service at 10 a.m. in the Lake City High School gym. Tonia Gathers, a 1996 graduate of the school, will be the speaker.
Robinson said people should celebrate this weekend with Lake City High School alumni because everything they do is to uplift the current student’s school spirit and Panther pride.
“We always want the students and the kids of the community to know that they should be proud of the community that they’re from and to always be proud to be a mighty Panther,” Robinson said.
This weekend’s activities are made possible by the Florence County School District Three, the city of Lake City, the Lake City High School Alumni Association and several others.