A bonfire has been added to the lineup of homecoming activities this week for Kingsland students and the community.

The bonfire for students in grades nine to 12 culminates a full day of activities on Friday. This is the fourth year that the Kingsland Athletic Booster Club (KABC) has handled arrangements for Knights homecoming activities, including the parade, and this year, it is assisting the senior class with holding a bonfire at the newly-acquired Partch property adjacent to the football field.

KABC members will be busy all day Friday, putting tattoos on students during their lunch time, assisting with the pep fest will be at 2 p.m., organizing the parade, which will start at 4 p.m. The spaghetti supper is at Kingsland Café at 5:30 p.m., the tailgate supper with junior parents is at 6 p.m., the same time as the Wall of Honor ceremony in the Kingsland Café. The Kingsland football game is at 7 p.m. against Hayfield and the bonfire next to the football field will follow the game.

The week started Monday with homecoming coronation and Tuesday was the cross-country meet at the Root River Country Club along with volleyball versus Fillmore Central at KHS. Thursday is volleyball at Chatfield.

"KABC feels that homecoming is a community event for young and old," said KABC member Stacey Rath. "We want everyone to show their pride in our school, and what better time to do it than homecoming? It brings everyone together. Each year has gotten bigger and better and more people involved.

"KABC makes homecoming more fun by showing school spirit, of course. We work with the students to expand on their ideas. This year, we will have mini volleyballs and footballs that will be thrown out during different games and events and eye-black tattoos that a group of volunteers go into the school and put on each kid during lunch time. We will be handing out foam spirit sticks to each student during the pep fest, and the football game will be glowing with blue glow in the dark necklaces for the senior color this year. We worked with the art department who will be displaying Kingsland spirit by creating a design to put into the fence on the football field - drive by and check it out. We are also helping the senior class with their bonfire this year, which is new."

Rath highlighted the Knights' homecoming parade, which will feature royalty and student-created floats for each grade as well as the fire department, ambulance, Kingsland band, royalty, grade floats, businesses, Just for Kix dancers and many more. Rath noted they have great support from our local businesses with the parade, and there are quite a few in the parade, also. There'll be candy and other goodies, too.

Lineup of the parade will start next to the school along the road that goes past the baseball field. The parade will cross County 1, go along Tracy Road, then up Memorial Drive, through the care center parking lot, then down Park Drive, back along Tracy and end at the school. It will happen rain or shine, as long as it isn't torrential rainfall with lightning.

Rath promised a good time at the Kingsland homecoming parade. "It's a parade...need I say more? The parade is a great opportunity for the community to show their support for our school and its students."

She invited the public to cheer on Kingsland and the Knights during the 2013 homecoming celebration. "The school and student body, along with KABC, put a lot of effort and time into homecoming. No matter if our teams are winning or losing, it is great for these students to see the support of the communities of Spring Valley and Wykoff. Please wear your black and silver and come out and support these great students by attending their events."

For more information, or to enter a float in the parade, call Rath at (507) 273-8470, or Pat Pokorney at (507) 951-3887.