Homecoming fires burning

Gillett revives tradition as Homecoming Week begins

Warren Bluhm, wbluhm@newmedia-wi.com

Gillett Tigers fans, some wearing glowing accessories, crowd around a bonfire at Zippel Park on Sunday evening as a homecoming tradition is reborn. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

A group of Gillett residents aiming to rekindle homecoming traditions succeeded Sunday night as a big crowd gathered for a bonfire at Zippel Park to kick off the week.

Future Business Leaders of America sold out of the chili they’d cooked as a fundraiser. Students gathered around a wagon to work on a parade float. All through the evening, DJ Jake Rock kept a musical beat rolling.

The centerpiece was the big pile of pallets and other flammable materials that was set ablaze around sunset. For the rest of the evening, it was a place to stand and chat with friends and family, warm up against the cool temperatures or simply become mesmerized by the light and the embers shooting up into the night sky.

Another new/old tradition — a community tailgate potluck — is planned starting at 5 p.m. Friday, two hours before kickoff of the clash between the Gillett Tigers and the Sevastopol Pioneers.