Fall is here and football season is in full swing. What's next? Homecoming! Downtown Waynesville will be showing its Tiger Pride next week as annual homecoming festivities get underway.

Waynesville School District, the students, and the town take homecoming seriously with a parade, early out for school that day, and gathering at Tiger Stadium for Pride Night.

This year won't be an exception to the rule. Waynesville School District will dismiss students in grades 6th through 12th at noon on Friday, Sept. 29 so that they can participate in homecoming activities. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth will be dismissed at 1 p.m.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Waynesville, moving from the Square to head down Old Route 66 to Slaughter Field at the Waynesville Middle School.

The parade features floats from all of Waynesville's extra curricular activities, including the football team and cheerleaders. Many of the floats in the parade are sponsored by area businesses.

Locals are invited to come out to downtown Waynesville to cheer the parade on as it makes its way to Slaughter Field.

Businesses were able to participate in homecoming in another way, as well. Businesses were invited to participate in a homecoming window decorating contest to show their Tiger pride just for homecoming.

Tiger pride is also the theme of Community Pride Night, an event sponsored by the Waynesville - St. Robert Chamber of Commerce. Pride Night starts at 4:30 near the 9th Grade Center and Tiger Stadium, on the grounds of the Waynesville High School campus, prior to homecoming on Friday, Sept. 29.

The event features food, booths, and, of course, Tiger pride, to cheer on the Waynesville Tigers as they take on the Camdenton Lakers at the homecoming game.

At 6:30 p.m. that night, Waynesville's Homecoming Queen will be crowned inside Tiger Stadium prior to the start of the football game. The homecoming game starts at 7 p.m.

The halftime show will feature the Waynesville High School Tiger Pride Marching Band performing their program, "A Hero is..."

If you can't watch the game in person, don't worry, it will be broadcast live on channel 12 and on Tiger TV's Facebook page. The Daily Guide will share a link to the live broadcast that night.

For those that intend to watch the game in person, entrance to Tiger Stadium during homecoming is $4 per person.