On September 15th, Gilmer schools and related extracurricular’s starred in the counties first ever homecoming parade. This community wide event started at 6 pm, and people could be seen eagerly lining all sides of the square and surrounding areas. Each school involved designed their own unique float to showcase their students and facility. These floats included Ellijay Primary, Mountain View Elementary, Ellijay Elementary, Gilmer Middle, Clear Creek Middle, and Gilmer High. Since the parade was designed to pump up the community for the homecoming game, the main attractions included: floats carrying the GHS varsity football team/cheerleaders, a moving performance by the GHS marching band, and the homecoming court members. Gilmer High also presented class floats as a competition between the grade levels, each with a designated decade theme. The GHS FFA and FCCLA, Yearbook staff, Swim team, and others were featured as well.
The Homecoming parade’s route began at EES and then continued throughout the square, eventually ending below the High School. From there, students and parents were shuttled to the Bonfire at GHS. Overall, Gilmer’s first ever homecoming parade was a smooth success and those involved can’t wait to see what is in store for next year. This event is now set to be a tradition within Gilmer County, and a big thanks goes out to those who helped or watched for being a part of this historic milestone.
Edit: Big SHOUT OUT to GCCSS Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes for presenting her vision for this event. Without her leadership this event would not have occurred.
Juniors: 20’s themed
Ellijay Elementary School (Credit: Lee Ann Pettit Cochran)
GHS Marching band and Color guard (credit: Amy Crump)
(Credit: Missy West)