All of the high jinx and hoopla of homecoming is now unfolding at Payson High School, and it will continue through Friday night's varsity football game against the White Mountain Reservation's Alchesay High School.
Homecoming week's traditional goofiness of garb commenced Monday with Hawaiian Day, during which students and faculty dusted off their brightest and gaudiest casual wear to commit crimes of fashion in every corner of the campus.
Today (Tuesday) is Pajama Day, wherein a sea of jammies may cause uninformed passers-by to think they've happened upon the world's most highly populated 24-hour slumber party.
Wednesday will combine two dress-up events: Decade Day, wherein campus denizens revive the fashions of their favorite time period, and Celebrity Day, which allows them to don the threads of their famed faves. Those with a more elegant sense of style will welcome Thursday's Formal Day. And Friday, all of those black tails and white ties will be replaced by the colors purple and gold for Spirit Day.
Missing from the week's fashion festivities is "Opposite Sex Day," which PHS Assistant Principal David Bradley said has been permanently deleted from the schedule for being "inappropriate."
As for extracurricular activities:
The annual bonfire was held Monday at the Payson Event Center.
Wednesday and Thursday night, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the bus barn, there will be float-building for Friday's parade.
The traditional Sludge to the Judge cross country race, from the Northern Gila County Sanitary District on Doll Baby Road to the Gila County Courthouse near the intersection of Main and Beeline, begins Friday at 1:30 p.m.
At 2 p.m. Friday, the homecoming parade, its floats and other spectacles will wend their way east on Main Street, starting at Julia Randall Elementary School.
The much-anticipated Horns vs. Alchesay brawl kicks off at 7 p.m. The highlight of the annual festivities will take place at half-time with the crowning of the homecoming king and queen.