By Alicia Chen
Thursday’s homecoming bonfire had an amazing showing from the EG community with over 200 students attending along with many faculty members and families. The bonfire itself was an incredible sight and a popular gathering place for people to warm up, eat their food, and hang out with their friends. The bonfire was “a fun way to socialize,” said Lauren Reikrud, adding that “the parents and children who showed up made it feel like a family community, which was nice.”
This event helped bring back a sense of normalcy to homecoming week that was lost due to various Covid restraints. In place of the usual pep rally, students commented that the corn hole tournament was a fun way to meet new people while still restoring some normalcy to homecoming week.
If students weren’t at the bonfire or on the turf for cornhole, you could be sure to find them gathered around in lines at the four food trucks: Paco’s Tacos, Farm To Sandwich, Hot Potato RI, and Poppin Mini Donuts. The lines might’ve been long, but according to several students, they were “completely worth the wait”.
“I had a lot of fun with my friends and the food trucks were really good,” said Nicollete Kirwin, “overall I’d say it was a great experience.”
Anna Durfey said, “I think this is a cool new EG tradition and I hope this carries on to later generations.” Though Covid might’ve taken away our usual pep rally and indoor homecoming dance, this new HoCo bonfire tradition is a great addition to homecoming week and it definitely helped get students excited for homecoming.