Brainerd Area News

Let’s Celebrate Homecoming Week in Brainerd


I was attending my granddaughter’s middle school swim meet at Brainerd High School Monday, and had to access the pool area by parking on the south side of the school. I entered through the back lower door by the gym so I could go up the stairs to the pool. What caught my eye near the gym was the large number of people wearing pink.

As part of homecoming week, the volleyball team was holding a “Dig Pink” event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, and they were fundraising for the Pink Ribbon Cupboard. They had encouraged the fans to wear pink, and the team was also wearing pink. There was a lot of excitement before the match even began.

I had to go upstairs to watch my granddaughter swim (she did very well) and the meet lasted until about 6:30. My wife came to the meet with a bag that she refused to reveal the contents. After the swim meet, we found out.

It turns out she was meeting our step-grandson and his friends, all students at BHS, and all dressed in pink! The contents of the bag turned out to be fun stuff for homecoming week, like blue and white wigs, foam #1 fingers, pompoms, and other school spirit items. The boys were there as part of homecoming week to support the volleyball team.

As we walked back to the car through the lower level, we were surrounded by hundreds of fans in pink, blue and white, with many more coming in from the parking lot. You could feel the excitement in the air. What fun!

I encourage you to take in one of the many games this week, and be part of the homecoming fun, and make sure you attend the big homecoming game Friday at 7pm. Wear the school colors and come early for the big community tailgating party starting at 4pm. There will be all kinds of food and fun supplied by a number of businesses and community organizations. Following the game, the high school kids have a dance, and there’s a community wide post game after-party at a number of businesses in downtown Brainerd.