Area businesses are getting a respite from the Ugly Longhorn, as the metal sculpture of Payson High School's bovine mascot returns to campus for a Homecoming Week class competition.
Built primarily of old car parts, the longhorn sculpture has been biding its time chained to various local businesses, the owners of which must pay to have it removed. After spending time at Legacy Home Furnishings, the tin horn was most recently chained to Payson Dental.
But last Friday, teachers hid the horn to begin a new homecoming tradition. The class that finds it will then be fair game for the other classes who will try to take it away from them.
Whichever class has possession of the sculpture on homecoming day will be able to triumphantly display it on its parade float.
All of the money raised will be used for good causes.
"It will be split between the hardship fund (where we help kids in our school who need it for things like surgery) and student government," Holly Lane, student council president, said.
The council also is looking for a Hummer or a classic car to ride in the homecoming parade. If you have such a vehicle and are willing to participate, call Lane at 978-3106.
The parade takes place at 1:30 p.m. Friday on Main Street, followed by a student government-sponsored steak dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria and the homecoming football game at 7 p.m.
Payson High School homecoming events
Monday Jet Lag Day (Pajama day)
Tuesday Tacky Tourist (Hawaiian day)
Wednesday Texas Roundup (Cowboy day)
Thursday Around the World (Foreign country/vacation day)
Friday Home, Sweet Home (Purple and Gold day)
Sludge to the Judge homecoming cross-country run begins at 1 p.m. for middle school students; 1:30 p.m. for high school students. The homecoming parade will begin immediately following the run.