GREEN  The crisp, cool air, the turning leaves, football, band music and cheerleaders means homecoming across America. Green is no exception to celebrating this event.

But how does a community keep things fresh and interesting, especially when it is celebrating its 20th annual homecoming rally? Well, it hosts a "family friendly pig roast without the pig."

"As we were thinking of ways to celebrate our annual homecoming rally, we decided to do something a little out of the ordinary to add to the event," said Green Athletic Manager Erich Muzi. "We still wanted to keep some of the traditional aspects of the rally, but wanted to add something new and different. So we came up with the idea of having "a family friendly pig roast without the pig."

Sponsored by Blind and Sons, and catered by Kennedy Barbercue of Canton, with the sides provided by Legends, volunteers from the Board of Education, administrators, Legends staff and Booster Club members helped prepare the sides and set up the concession stand for the rush of expected customers. Joining in the pregame festivities was the Blind mascot, "Homer the House," who walked around taking photos and shaking hands with people

While there was no actual "pig roast" with the open pit and a pig on a spit, there were pulled pork sandwiches and a host of sides for people to buy, including cole slaw, bake beans, macaroni and cheese and applesauce. For those not fond of pork, there were also turkey sandwiches.

The rally started around 7:30 p.m. with the Green High band marching into the stadium and positioning itself below the bleachers, playing a number of tunes to encourage cheers from the crowd. Then it was time for the national anthem, and the crowd came to its feet for the playing and singing of the Star Spangled Banner.  

After the national anthem, the various fall sports team were introduced, including the cheerleaders, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls soccer, volleyball, boys and girls golf, girls tennis and football. Then, the "Kick For The Cure" ceremonial check was presented at the 50 yard line

Following that, it was time for the purpose of the evening, the introduction of the "Homecoming Court." As the crowd grew quiet, Jenna Sukie was selected as this year's Homecoming Queen.

Following this announcement, the band and the cheerleaders led the crowd in a number of songs and cheers as the festivities wound down.

"This was our first "family pig roast" as part of the 20th homecoming rally," said board member Katie Stoynoff, "and it was great to see the community come out to support Green High School."

Board President Bob Campbell, himself a member of the 1983 Green Homecoming Court, said he "thought it was a great community event, especially seeing all the different groups pitching in to help out, being part of the community."