MUSCATINE, Iowa – The excitement is mounting for Homecoming week and once again Muscatine High School is preparing to celebrate traditions, the crowning of king and queen, and the Muskie football team playing a memorable game under the lights.

Of course, there is a theme and the Student Council, which organizes much of the week’s events, decided to be creative.

“This year’s theme is ‘The Decades’ with the slogan of ‘Throw yourself into the past, and tackle the future,’” said Shannon Walker, second-year teacher at MHS and a Student Council advisor.

The tradition of welcoming back students and building camaraderie will include themed days the entire week. Students will dress as “Tacky Tourists” and have fun with “Wacky Wednesday” and participate in vintage-themed days.

Many say nothing is more popular than the Homecoming football game that will be held next Friday night at MHS. The Mighty Muskies will show their skills in attempt to tame the Davenport North Wildcats.

“The most popular events for the week are typically the game and the dance. This year, though, may have a rival with the Powder Puff Flag Football game coming back into play as a Homecoming event this year after a few years hiatus,” Walker said.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, the senior girls hope to outscore the juniors when they play on the football field with a crowd of peers cheering them on.

“Seniors will prevail,” said Cami Schmalz, an MHS senior and Student Council executive board member.

Schmalz said the addition of the Powder Puff game has stirred up a lot of excitement at MHS. She is helping organize the game and pep assemblies as well as planning for the dance and other activities.

Other traditions will fill the week with Muskie pride.

The annual parade will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29. The route will be announced at a later date, Walker said. The parade is followed by Coronation, the celebration of crowing Homecoming queen and king, at 7 p.m. in the MHS gym.

At 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, the class of 2017 will walk in the Senior March to the Muscatine riverfront where food will be provided. The event has gone on for generations and allows the students who will be crossing the stage together in the spring to enjoy a time of bonding.

Next Saturday night, parents will be snapping pictures of their dapper sons and dashing daughters, who typically choose a short-style dress for the Homecoming dance.

It is not just the students who get involved but the community and teachers partake in the celebrations as well.

“Last year I enjoyed Homecoming as a spirit-filled teacher who participated by dressing for all of the spirit days and decorated my classroom on the Friday of Homecoming week,” Walker said.