Stanley Homecoming hits 50 years

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STANLEY — The world was a completely different place 50 years ago. Much has come and gone in half a century, but one constant remains in Stanley — Homecoming.

"It's a tradition," said Jill Young, member of the Homecoming planning committee. "We've had it for 50 years. It's a big community get together."

The Homecoming is a large, town-wide event at Ed Good Park that will begin Wednesday, June 29 and culminate with fireworks on Saturday, July 2.

"This year, we're expected to have a bigger crowd," Young said. "Our festivities are on Saturday and the Fourth of July is on Monday. When you have Luray having something on the Fourth, it sometimes takes things away from us."

Mark Stroupe, Board of Supervivors representative for Stanley's district, noted that he is very excited for this year's Homecoming festivities.

"It's an opportunity for folks who have moved to come back and reminisce," Stroupe said. "It's a great chance for everybody in the town to catch up and have a great time. I know a lot of people really look forward to this."

The fact that it is the 50th Homecoming is an occasion not lost on Stroupe.

"There is going to be extra effort by the town and the committee, just based on how important this is," Stroupe said. "The 50th Homecoming is an earmark for us, with many more to come."

Many popular events are returning, with the "Miss. Stanley Homecoming Pageant" taking place Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. There will be a Chinese Auction on Thursday and Friday nights. Saturday will begin with a 5K race at 8 a.m. and culminate with the parade at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:45 p.m. There will be carnival rides all three nights, beginning at 6 p.m., with live music as well.

"Come out and support it," Stroupe said. "Have some great fellowship, some great food and some great music."

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