Perhaps the busiest students that day will be the BHS band’s 45 musicians and five guards, who will perform three times – at the powder puff and evening games and parade. To get ready, members march outside on three days during school and Thursdays for two hours afterwards, says band director Eric Stauffer.
Athletes in fall BHS and Batesville Middle School sports, the homecoming court and a few BHS reunion classes will all be a part of the 5 p.m. parade Friday. To spread Bulldog spirit, BHS and BMS cheerleaders will toss out some pom-pom shakers courtesy of FCN Bank and also customized M&Ms and small water bottles purchased with fundraising dollars, says Jama Cleghorn, who coaches both squads.
Businesses (but not political candidates) are welcome to be a part of the procession free of charge, but must notify Charlie Raab beforehand at 934-4384 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lineup is at 4:30 p.m. in front of Batesville Intermediate School on Columbus Avenue. The parade will turn south on Mulberry Street, east on Catherine Street, north on Main Street, west on West Pearl Street, ending at Columbus and Mulberry.
In addition to the concession stand, there are two special meal options. A freewill donation supper for Batesville K12 race participants and the public takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the BIS cafeteria. Batesville Community Education Foundation administrator Kelly Poltrack suggests, “Go to the homecoming parade, then let BIS principal Dr. Schoettmer cook for you before heading over to the football game!” Pasta, salad, garlic bread and cookies are on the menu. Dinner RSVPs are appreciated: 812-216-8137 or email@example.com.
Starting at 6 p.m., chef Adam Israel of the Big Four Cafe will be serving Billy the Bulldog Burgers with chips on the side just inside the gate near the sign-in table. The one-third-pound burger, made of pastrami, ground beef chuck, grand short ribs and brisket, is served on a pretzel bun with Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. All proceeds go to the BHS Athletic Department and Batesville Football Alumni Association.