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Victoria celebrating homecoming early





VICTORIA -- John Linn said homecoming seems to come earlier every year. This year, he's right.

The Victoria High School principal and his students began preparing for homecoming 2012 on Tuesday, just three weeks into the new school year, and only the second week of the football season.

Activities began Tuesday and will continue all week, culminating with the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. Friday versus St. John at the Knights' field. Crowning of the king and queen will take place just prior to the game.

Because of the way the schedule fell, this will mark the earliest homecoming for Linn, in his 10th year at the school, including five as principal.

"I like it. We're ready for it, and this year it's just four days instead of five," Linn said of the shortened school calendar this week because of Labor Day.

Friday will begin with float building for each class to participate in the 4 p.m. parade. A pep rally at the high school is set for 4:30, followed by a barbecue at 5 and the crowning at 6:30.

Another pep rally is set for 9 p.m. today at the high school. There will be no bonfire because of dry conditions.

"Thursday is just so full of other school activities, have a lot of kids gone to other events," Linn said, "so we have the pep rally (tonight) instead."