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Parade, Crowning Usher In OHS Homecoming Fun
It was an upbeat group of seniors that rode in the Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, Oct. 6 and the members of the Class of 2024 were rewarded with the first-place award for their colorful entry. Marg Jackson/The Leader

It was a hugely successful Homecoming Week for the Oakdale High School Mustangs and the community. Along with the Friday afternoon, Oct. 6 parade, there were fun activities on campus during the week, downtown windows were painted by the high school classes with their individual themes, and the students also put together their class floats.

The senior class float was ultimately chosen as the award winner, encouraging the football team to ‘crunch’ the Lancers, based on their Cap’n Crunch cereal theme. The Homecoming Grand Marshal was English teacher Mrs. Humphrey, riding along the parade route in the familiar golf cart utilized on and around campus, taking the opportunity to wave to the crowd as the parade rolled down G Street and circled the block before returning to the high school.

The Oakdale High marching band provided some music, there were some department floats entered, including a tractor to accompany the Ag department/FFA float and all the Homecoming King, Queen, Prince and Princess candidates rode in the parade as well.

New Homecoming royalty – at least part of it – was crowned at halftime of the varsity football game at The Corral. Named as the Homecoming Queen was Brooke Wheat, with Aubrey Thompson chosen as the Homecoming Princess. The football team did its job to ensure the night ended on a high note, as they thrashed the visiting East Union Lancers by a final score of 62-26 in Valley Oak League action. And while it was a busy week, the one event that wasn’t staged is coming up on Monday, Oct. 16. That’s when the girls will do battle on the football field during the Powder Puff competition and the Homecoming King and Prince will be crowned.

After the Oakdale Police Department cruiser kicked off the Homecoming Parade from in front of Oakdale High School on West G Street, this year’s Grand Marshal, Mrs. Humphrey, and her driver rolled by and waved to watchers along the parade route. Marg Jackson/The Leader
Sharing a smile after receiving their Homecoming crowns on Friday night in The Corral were Homecoming Queen Brooke Wheat, left, and Homecoming Princess Aubrey Thompson. Jeff Kettering/The Leader
Members of the Oakdale High School marching band provided some music along the parade route on Friday afternoon, Oct. 6 as the community turned out to help the high school celebrate its Homecoming. Jeff Kettering/The Leader