Plans are under way for homecoming celebrations for Houston High School and the Houston Alumni Association.

Activities begin at 2 p.m. Friday with a parade through downtown Houston. The 2017 HHS homecoming queen will be crowned at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Tigers’ game against state-ranked Ava.

This year’s queen candidates are: seniors Madison Lawson and Mikayla Knarr; juniors Marianna Hatcher and Mackenzie Reber; sophomores Baylee Weaver and Kameron Hall; and freshmen Riley Scheets and Kaylee Hock.

On Saturday, a 7 a.m. alumni breakfast is at the Houston Senior Center. A mixer follows at 2 p.m. at Hiett Gymnasium, where at 3 p.m. there will be reports from alumni and on the organization’s scholarship program.

The annual Drive 4UR School that benefits the Houston R-1 School District is 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at Romines Motor Co. For every test drive of a Ford vehicle during the event, $20 will be given to the cause, up to $6,000.

The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the “Pumpkin Festival” with a variety of events running from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Houston.

There is a pumpkin bake off, classic car show and many other activities.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, the Houston Lions Club will host a fish fry at the community building at the fairgrounds. The meal includes fish, French fries, beans, coleslaw, dessert and drinks. Tickets may be purchased from any Lions Club member or at Romines Motor Co. and Landmark Bank in Houston.

The Lions Club will raffle a GAMO air rifle at the fish fry. Tickets are $10 and limited to 100 entries. Old eyeglasses will be collected at the door for distribution to other countries through Lions Club International.

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