The Southwestern College Homecoming Parade will be Saturday, Oct. 13, on Winfield’s Main Street. The line-up will include many entries from the Southwestern College community as well as several partnering organizations from Winfield. The parade route will begin at 15th and Main and travel north to 10th street.
This year’s parade marshalls are the leaders of Southwestern College’s service learning teams, reflecting the Homecoming theme. Marshalls are Jason Speegle, director of Green Team; Cheryl Rude, director of Leadership Southwestern; Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern; and Ashlee Alley, director of Campus Ministry.
Two special groups will also be performing during the course of the parade. These are the Wichita Dynamic Steppers, who will be giving their third consecutive parade performance, and the Winfield High School marching band.
“With the WHS marching band, we hope to make a further connection between Southwestern and the city of Winfield,” said Brandon Hessing, SC’s assistant director of campus life.
The floats are also something Hessing is looking forward to. Southwestern’s Student Foundation gave campus organizations more funding for floats this year, and Hessing says he’s looking forward to a higher quality. Kline Motors is generously providing all the trucks necessary for the second year in a row.
Parade goers can also look forward to a celebratory atmosphere. Southwestern has partnered with the Winfield Mainstreet Revitalization Organization to hang posters and banners in storefronts down Main Street.
“The parade has always been my favorite part of Homecoming and lots of people come out for it. It makes it feel like Southwestern is really part of Winfield,” said Hessing.
Performances by SC’s Worship Outreach team and group Selah are scheduled to begin in front of Community National Bank at 9 a.m. with the parade beginning at 9:30 a.m.
“This could be our biggest parade yet,” said Hessing.