By DAVID HUNTER
Last week, I experienced Cannon County homecoming for the first time. Of course, I missed 2015, because I had a health issue. Honestly, I was so bummed, because the kicker on the football team won the crown.
This year, I made a promise to myself not to let anything stop me, and actually do my job, including covering all of the Homecoming festivities this year. I had heard from you guys about all of the cool things, you do here. Granted it has been one Homecoming party all month since the football team had already been a part of a couple road Homecoming games. Honestly, yours is better for many reasons.
It was really cool to see the community come together to cheer on all of the high school students, not just the athletes. The parade was pretty awesome seeing all of the floats, and thanks for peppering me with candy. I just could not figure out, if you guys were trying to get back at me for all of the bad things I wrote in the newspaper about you, or you really think I am cool. Probably the first part.
Well, I am sorry, or very appreciative of making my job easier. Honestly, I think the student-athletes, parents, coaches, and anybody else who has to do with the Cannon County athletes program is pretty cool, too.
The only problem I had with the floats, especially with all of the ways you wanted to cook the Owls is they are an endangered species. I would hate to have PETA come after this community. In seriousness, they were all well-done and very creative, even the Smith County fans were impressed at the football game later that night. Of course, the game did not turn out well, but it is what it is.
The homecoming ceremony was very classy. The three candidates, all volleyball players, Rachel Alexander, Ashlyn Ellis, and Kasey Sadler were well deserving of the honor. Even though, I tried to start kiddingly Cannon County's version of Mean Girls, they did not buy it, and it was very cool to see them no matter who was crowned Queen enjoy the entire day just hanging out as best friends and enjoying the moments.
"It has been great, because I have beside me two of my best friends," Ellis said. "That even makes it more fun."
Sadler added, "It has been, so much fun, because we are such close friends, and the best friends."
The Queen, on this night said it best, "We are still going to be friends."
It is what homecoming should be about, a community coming together to cheer and support each other.