By Beth Cox
Sports Writer

There may be a few shady characters running around Mountain City this week; try not to be too alarmed if Harry Potter is spotted at the red light or someone witnesses Pac Man ordering coffee at McDonald’s. It is homecoming week at JCHS, which means five days of crazy fashion designs and exciting events.
Monday was hippy/tied dye day, Tuesday pajama day, which was expected to help with attendance. Wednesday is character day, Thursday is America day, and the school will be flooded with all the colors of the flag.
Finally, this week will end with all the participants wearing maroon and white for “maroon and white” day.
Michelle Walters, cheer coach, and event organizer has worked diligently to make sure everyone enjoys homecoming week. According to Walters, the students were able to decide what dress-up days they would like to have for the week.
Part of this year’s festivities included the chance for every participant to enter their names into a drawing for a prize. Some of the prizes include footballs with Longhorn logo, two free tickets to Dollywood, and movie
tickets at AMC in Johnson City.
There have been many activities planned for the week including the annual powder puff game on Friday on the JCHS football field.
The homecoming parade is scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church and ends at the Johnson County High School.
The crowning of the Princess and Queen will be held
during halftime of the football game.
Homecoming week is a fun-filled event for everyone and comes at a good time for the Longhorns who have been through a lot over the past few months. They have lost a beloved coach, had injuries sustained to some of the team’s strongest players and reaping in the emotions from a heartbreaking loss against Hampton High School, one of JCHS’s strongest rivals.
The tradition of homecoming is as American as apple pie and of course, football. It is also about school spirit and nostalgia, for players to reminiscence and reconstructs the big games, big plays, and friendships that were created along the way. Homecoming is the best of high school; dressing up, being silly with friends, and lots of laughter. Cheers to the teachers and students for a great week of fun and a few surprises during 2019 JCHS homecoming week.