BSHS fans ready for homecoming festivities

Light the bonfire, strike up the band and don the black and gold — Big Spring homecoming time has arrived.Big Spring High School 2012 homecoming celebrations kick into high gear tonight and continue with events scheduled through Saturday.BSHS students have marked homecoming all week with themed “dress up days,” but really get a chance to celebrate tonight at the annual bonfire rally. This year, the bonfire has been moved from the the old city compost facility to a vacant lot adjacent to Memorial Stadium. The event is scheduled to begin at around 8 p.m.There are several events Friday leading up to the annual homecoming football game vs. Andrews, school officials said.The school will hold a pep rally at 3 p.m. in Steer Gym, followed by the homecoming parade set to begin at 4:30 p.m. The parade route will be the same as the past few years, beginning in front of the school on 11th Place, heading west to Goliad, north to Eighth, east to Owens, then south to the high school.Before the game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Memorial Stadium, a former student will be selected as coming home queen. Then, at halftime, the homecoming king and queen will be crowned.This year's queen nominees are: Belinda and Melinda Gonzalez, daughters of Abel and Amy Gonzalez; Paige Knowlton, daughter of Gaylon and Tyna Knowlton; Gabriella Torres, daughter of the late Ricky Torres and Marty and Gina Rice; and Logan Yarbar, daughter of Luke and MiQue Yarbar and Phil and Leslie Whitten.King nominees are: Charles Anderson, son of Jeff and Candace Anderson; Rogerick Brown, son of Linda Marshall; Tyler Graves, son of Mike and Tonya Graves; Max Pappajohn, son of David and Dawn Pappajohn; and Jason Guevara, son of Mary Ann Guevara.Following the game, the school's homecoming dance will be held until midnight in the high school cafeteria.As part of homecoming, the school district will host a pair of open houses Saturday so the public can get a view of improvements made as part of the recent $60 million construction project. Tours of Washington Elementary will be from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., followed by a tour of BSHS' renovated science labs from 11 a.m. until noon.