Sudden popularity of Homecoming Bonfire catches VFW offguard


By David Broyles - dbroyles@civitasmedia.com



Carroll County High students chat together around a Homecoming bonfire Tuesday on the VFW Post 1115 fairgrounds. Organizers planned for 200 participants and were surprised by a robust turnout of more than 400 people.


David Broyles | The Carroll News

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1115 organizers of a bonfire honoring the efforts of Carroll County’s Cavalier athletes ran short of food for the October 4 event because of something rarely forseen by event planners…. a huge success. More than three times the amount of participants seen at last year’s event converged on the post following the Homecoming Parade.

According to Post Commander Marty Rivera, last year’s event was attended by 150 people. This year’s offerings were planned around 200 participants. Rivera said an estimated 400 turned out this year, leaving the pre-game pantry empty pretty quickly.

“We appreciate the (community) support for Homecoming and we apologize for not having enough for everybody,” Rivera said. “We appreciate the fantastic way the community supports our VFW, the Touchdown Club, and other hometown organizations. Next year we’re going to be ready for more and better.”

Rivera said the Post decided to take on reviving the bonfire tradition as a means to supporting local athletes, to “pep them up and support them” for their efforts. He praised the efforts of Kerry Crowley for helping with the parade and the bonfire.

Carroll County High students chat together around a Homecoming bonfire Tuesday on the VFW Post 1115 fairgrounds. Organizers planned for 200 participants and were surprised by a robust turnout of more than 400 people.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_TCN101216BonfireBooBoo.jpgCarroll County High students chat together around a Homecoming bonfire Tuesday on the VFW Post 1115 fairgrounds. Organizers planned for 200 participants and were surprised by a robust turnout of more than 400 people. David Broyles | The Carroll News

By David Broyles

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