The Choteau High School volleyball and football teams will celebrate Homecoming this week with special events all week and the Homecoming parade Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Main Avenue North.

The CHS volleyball team will have Homecoming competition on Thursday, Sept. 23, when they host the Broadwater County High School Lady Bulldogs for three matches, C, junior varsity and varsity, starting at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday. The traditional Homecoming bonfire will follow the varsity match, but this year, only students (no community members) will be allowed to attend. The Homecoming dance will be held in conjunction with the bonfire.

On Friday, Sept. 24, the Choteau junior high football team will play Rocky Boy at 4:30 p.m. on the high school playing field. The CHS football team will play the Rocky Boy Northern Stars on Sept. 24 underneath the lights with the game starting at 7 p.m. First Bank of Montana will host a tailgate barbecue meal, starting at 4 p.m. at the football field.

CHS classes will compete in a variety of spirit week activities, all structured around the theme of “Dream Big: Never give up,” a quote from American filmmaker and entrepreneur Walt Disney. The CHS senior class chose the Homecoming week theme.

CHS students nominated the following senior girls and boys for the homecoming queen and king: Bellamy Beadle, Emma Gunderson, Sadie Grove, Ella Stott, Carter Morgan, Carson Crary, Jeff Colesworthy and Henry Bieler. The Homecoming nominees will be introduced before the varsity volleyball match on Thursday. Students will vote for the royalty, who will be announced and crowned during halftime at the football game on Friday.

Spirit week always includes dress-up days. This year, the schedule is: Monday, “Meme Monday;” Tuesday, “Opposites Day;” Wednesday, “Way Back/Decades;” Thursday, “Disney Theme Day;” and Friday, “Maroon and Gold Extravaganza.”

Youngsters will participate in Cheer Camp on Sept. 22 from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Cheer coach Julie Shepherd and the CHS cheerleaders will teach youngsters cheer moves and a dance routine that they will perform during halftime at the football game.

On Friday, students will enjoy a barbecue lunch and will work on their floats and compete in volleyball and football games, pitting different classes against each other. In boys volleyball, the seniors will play the sophomores, and the juniors will play the freshmen. After that, the winners will play each other for the title, and the losers will play in the consolation match.

In girls Powder Puff flag football, the seniors will play the sophomores and the juniors will play the freshmen for bragging rights.

There will also be a tug-o-war with the seniors versus the sophomores, the juniors versus the freshmen, and then winners versus winners.

After the games, high school students will work on completing their floats. Earlier in the week, the CHS classes each decorated their hallways at the school and painted the windows in the high school front foyer.

A pep assembly will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday and will start with awards announcements and messages from the coaches and will feature a Cheer Camp performance, academic awards presentations and music by the CHS Pep Band and cheers from the CHS Cheer Squad.

The CHS Homecoming parade will start at 3:30 p.m. and will feature football and volleyball floats, class floats, a Cheer Camp float, the CHS Pep Band and junior high and kindergarten floats.

First Bank of Montana will host a free tailgate barbecue at the football field immediately after the parade (4 p.m.), serving free hotdogs and hamburgers for the community.