SHERIDAN — The second annual “Burning on Grinnell” will be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Grinnell Plaza downtown. The event celebrates homecoming week at Sheridan High School and the community is invited to attend.
“When the high school was at the old junior high site, they had a lot of downtown connection and then they moved it way out and it has really lost the community connection,” event organizer Tyson Emborg said. “The kids came downtown and decorated store windows, it used to be a big community event. Now most folks wouldn’t even know it was homecoming week unless they have a student in school.”
To help revive the community connection with homecoming, teams, coaches, cheerleaders, student clubs and more will be participating in the event. One of the main features of the event is the burning of the metal Bronc head, built by Emit Technologies last year, that shoots flames.
“It is several thousand pounds of pure love,” Emborg said.
He added that the Spanish and history clubs will be serving burgers and snowcones as fundraisers and the pep band will be on hand to lead the audience in singing the school song. Team members and homecoming candidates will also be introduced. “It is a big pep rally, a family-friendly pep rally,” Emborg said. “We are just trying to get back to the connection with the community and the pride the community can have in the success of students.”