Bingo, bonfire, fireworks; Homecoming week activities not for the faint of heart

RICHARD NELSON

editor@dibollfreepress.com

It’s already almost time for Diboll Homecoming and this year there’s even more to look forward to than usual.

The week kicks off Monday with a pep rally and bonfire – burn ban permitting — beginning at 7 p.m. at Lumberjack Stadium. There will be a special performance by the Stephen F. Austin State University spirit teams. Also, Homecoming photos can be taken.

Tuesday features a Sportsman Bingo at 6:30 p.m. at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be eight regular games and two blackouts. Prizes are gift cards to popular retailers, many who sell things for the avid hunter or angler. The proceeds benefit the Diboll Civic Club to help fund civic functions.

The concession stand will be operated by the 2014 Project Graduation parents and students.

A list of Bingo prizes is published on Page 7.

Wednesday there will be a free movie, “Beware of Christians” shown at 7 p.m. at the civic center. Individuals, congregations and youth groups are invited to attend.

“Beware of Christians” is about four college students who leave their routine Christian lives in the U.S. in a quest to find what it really means to be a follower of Jesus. They have grown up as Bible-believing Christians who did all the right things. As they’ve grown older, they’ve realized that the Jesus in the Bible doesn’t exactly look like the healthy, wealthy American Jesus they’ve been trained to know and love. Their journey across Europe, often a comedy of errors, includes a lost passport, an encounter with an Austrian pop star, a surprise discovery of a nude beach, and a romantic postcard entanglement. More importantly, the four guys capture real, honest discussions about what it means to follow Jesus.

And, on Friday, after the fireworks the Lumberjacks will provide during their game against the Shepherd Pirates, there will be fireworks shooting off over Lumberjack Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.; however, the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen will be about 7 p.m.

“I’d really just like to thank all of the sponsors that stepped up to support the students here in Diboll,” said Justin Barkley, who has worked on the event since January. “I thought homecoming could be a bigger deal. I think there is a lot of untapped energy in our school district, but I think to be able to harness some of that energy the business community and citizens of Diboll really need to make an effort to show the students in Diboll that we care about what they’re doing and support them in any way we can.

“The students here represent the largest single group in the town, and if we can motivate them to take some ownership of the city and inspire some pride in being from Diboll I really think people will be surprised at what they can accomplish,” Barkley said. “These kids aren’t lazy; they’re bored. They’re also incredibly smart, funny, hardworking young people. I’d like to challenge the people of Diboll to find some way to support these students and all of the hard work they put into academics or being an athlete, cheerleader, Dazzler, or band member, even if it’s something as simple as painting business windows or wearing red on Fridays, and if anyone sees one of these students around town or at the football stadium to be sure to let them know they are appreciated. Wear red; yell along with the cheerleaders, stand and clap for the fight song, and do whatever you can to ‘Back the Jacks.’”