WADSWORTH: A long-lost tradition was revived Friday evening with perfect weather as many gathered at the Central Intermediate School in downtown Wadsworth to march to Art Wright Stadium for the homecoming football game.
This tradition was popular for years in the late 1940s and early 1950s, according to local historian Caesar Carrino. However, over the years the tradition fell out of favor. The building now known as the Intermediate School was Central High School in those days.
The tradition was revived as a "Bicentennial Teaser" Mayor Robin Laubaugh noted. Wadsworth is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2014 and the revival of this tradition called attention to the upcoming celebrations. Laubaugh explained "an expanded version" is planned for next year.
Laubaugh pointed out Gail Williams and Pam Douglas did a tremendous job of organizing the event. According to Williams, six former homecoming queens participated in the parade -- Sue Rasor-Greenhalgh, queen of 1972; Pepper Bates-Hayduk, 1974; Dana Hricko-Salamone; Sarah Link-Niemczura, 1996; Jenny Martin-Echols, 1997; and, Amber Blubaugh-Wheatley, 2002.
The Wadsworth High School Marching Band led the parade as it snaked its way along the half-mile route down Mills Street to Grandview Avenue and to the stadium. Following were cheerleaders, homecoming attendants, members of the Class of 1968, students with large signs indicating the building they represented, and then came the parents, dignitaries and other football enthusiasts emblazoned in red.
"I was amazed by the number of individuals participating in the parade and attending the tailgate," Laubaugh added. She thanked those who participated and attended and the Lions Club and Buehler's for their role in the tailgate.
To top off the eventful evening, the Grizzlies football team defeated Cloverleaf 35-0.