Friday, December 9, 2022

Homecoming season is upon us

I don’t know if I have ever seen quite as enthusiastic a group of people as the fans of the Byron Bears last week.

I stopped by the high school Friday morning for the pepfest and king and queen coronation. If I thought I would have any trouble remembering how to get to the gym there was no danger of that because as soon as I walked in the building I could hear the students at the pepfest.

I followed the noise to the gym and found a very enthusiastic student body enjoying the pepfest. And the excitement continued when the Homecoming candidates entered the gym and during the actual coronation.

And it wasn’t just the students, when the coronation ended the gym floor was immediately flooded with parents as well as students eager to get pictures.

The fun continued in the afternoon for the parade. Adults, as well as students, lined the parade route.

The community tailgate event also drew a large of Byron residents of all ages and the majority of them were wearing clothing reflecting their support of the Byron Bears. And if you didn’t have a Bears shirt or sweatshirt when you got to the middle school you had an opportunity to by one or a pompom, or a water bottle or other Bears memorabilia.

Friday activities were a fun ending to a week of Homecoming events. Unfortunately, the football game against Winona didn’t end as fans wanted as the Bears lost a squeaker of a game, 21 to 20 in overtime.

But given the enthusiasm last week I’m sure they will be just as vocal in their support of their team this week.

The spotlight now shifts to Kasson-Mantorville which is celebrating its Homecoming this week.

There is a break next week and then the week of October 3 Homecoming celebrations get under way in Hayfield and Triton.

Dodge County residents support their high school teams and no doubt these celebrations will be as fun as last week in Byron.

On another note, if you are looking for something to do this weekend stop by downtown Kasson for Octoberfest on Saturday.

From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be family-friendly activities including music, a sauerkraut eating contest, freeze dance, Pass the Pumpkin, coloring, temporary tattoos, a scavenger hunt, root beer floats and more, all sponsored by the Kasson Chamber of Commerce.

At 3 p.m. the event switches to more adult-oriented activities at the Kasson American Legion Post including a Beer Mile and food.

Stop in Kasson Saturday and celebrate you inner German.


Dodge County Independent

Dodge County Independent
Dodge County ADvantage
301 S. Mantorville Ave.
Plaza 57 • Suite 200
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
301 S. Mantorville Ave.
Plaza 57 • Suite 200
Kasson, MN 55944