REED CITY — It’s going to be a very busy week of Reed City High School Homecoming activities this year, and organizers throughout the community are hoping Coyote fans and supporters will get out and really show their colors and spirit.

The Coyote Homecoming game will be held Friday, Oct. 14, but before the gridiron action even begins there’s a lot to do.

Spirit Week kicks off with a ton of fun for students, staff, and supporters alike.

One way to get the entire community involved is the now-annual Downtown Decorating Contest.

Businesses are encouraged to festoon storefront windows with Coyote colors and theme decorations and win recognition during the Homecoming game.

The theme for both the decorating contest and parade this year is a “Hawaiian Luau.”

The first place winner will have their business advertised three times during the game. Second Place will be mentioned two times, and the Third Place business will be saluted once.

Organizers are asking businesses wishing to participate to call 832-2224 by Friday, Oct. 7.

Judging will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

One of the highlights of the weekend is the annual Homecoming Parade, and organizers are encouraging community-wide participation — from businesses, fraternal and church groups, and individuals as well.

“I am excited to announce our Second Annual Homecoming Downtown Decorating Contest as well as our Prizes for the Parade,” said facilitator Karen Shewan. “Students will stop this week with a poster for businesses.

“I am so excited to see what great decorations people come up with this year.”

Shewan explained details of the contest for the parade.

“We plan to award prizes to the best float, spirit wagon and walking club/organization.” she pointed out.

“Judging will occur at the end of the parade near the entrance to the high school parking lot. Contestants will receive scores of 1-5. The highest score for each category will win: $150 for best float, $100 for best Spirit Wagon, and $50 to best Walking Club.

“We will announce winners during halftime.”

Parade line-up begins at 3:30 on Friday, Oct. 14.

The Coyotes play the White Cloud Indians that same evening.