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Community Homecoming Events Being Planned (September, 2005)
Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1

Who says you can’t go home again?

This year, the “homecoming” events will be going back to their original roots with the Frisco Chamber of Commerce again becoming the sponsoring organization. “We are really excited about this re-marriage of the Chamber and the community Homecoming,” Chairman of the Chamber Board Steve Matthews said. “We believe part of our mission is to help our community retain that small-town feeling that draws us here and keeps us here.

The 2005 festivities will kick off with the Community Homecoming Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1. Due to the substantial progress made on the Main Street renovations, the parade will come back to this route, staging at Pizza Hut Park and moving east in the northbound lane on Main Street to Fifth Street.

This year’s parade will showcase FISD students and also the “honor classes” of past graduates from the years of 1935, 1945, 1955, 1965, 1975 and 1985. The parade will also feature the launch of the Chamber’s rejuvenated “Drive Friendly” campaign including a new mascot and unique messages for Frisco drivers.

“We are excited about this partnership with the Chamber and the City of Frisco,” FISD School Board President Buddy Minett said. “’Coming home’ is about the whole community and this will allow us to set a weekend when classes can host reunions and visit the area where they grew up and call home. As we look to the future of having at least eight high schools, this will be even more important. ”

Frisco Mayor Mike Simpson echoes this sentiment. “The parade is a definite highlight and is a tradition that has meaning for all of us, young and old.”

Community members interested in being a part of the parade should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 972-335-9522 or register on-line at A fee of $150 is required of all youth, non school-related entries; business entry fees are $200. Groups, clubs and organizations interested in setting up a booth to sell wares or refreshments along the parade route can contact the Chamber and must also go through the city’s permit process, if necessary. Vendors will be located on the sidewalks and in the southbound lane of Main. Parking for spectators will be available at Pizza Hut Park, Frisco Square and throughout downtown Frisco.

The “homecoming” festivities are also being tied to The Great Steak of Texas Festival, a community wide celebration of Frisco’s heritage along the Shawnee Trail, which was originally created by the Frisco Chamber. So as the parade ends, spectators can move on to the Great Steak of Texas activities, beginning with the bed race at 11 a.m. at Central Park off Parkwood, between Warren and Gaylord. The Great Steak of Texas Festival celebrates the heritage of the area and the economic and historic impact that the cattle industries had on our city. Frisco was born of western spirit as a tiny watering hole and whistle stop, first along the Shawnee Trail and then along the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad. This one-of-a-kind festival will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and will feature the best of Texas, showcasing the beef industry in Texas, the cattle drive days on the Shawnee Trail, and many other traditions. The days’ activities will include a cattle drive, chuck wagon sampling, the great steak cook-off competition, Texas arts and crafts, children’s area with pony rides and games and a live blacksmith demonstration and plenty of local and headliner music for festival goers! The festival will conclude with an evening concert by country music artists Deryl Dodd and Cooder Graw.

If folks leave this event, they can head over to Pizza Hut Park for a barbecue dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the entrance of the Club (west). (Those planning to attend the game can enter at the north or south entrance for tickets.) Adult barbecue tickets are $10; children 10 and under eat for $5. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for the Frisco Education Foundation.

Fans should stay for the match up between Frisco ISD’s two high schools, the Centennial Titans and the Frisco Raccoons. Pre-game activities honoring the alumni of Frisco Schools will begin at 6:15 p.m. with photos taken of each honor class. The football game begins at 7:30 p.m.