Lincoln Academy Homecoming 2014 was graced with perfect sunny weather and huge crowds of LA students, alumni, parents, and fans. By every measure it was a record-breaking success for the school.
There were large crowds at every athletic event, starting with the Cross Country Meet on Friday and Field Hockey game on Saturday morning, and building to over 1000 fans at the Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer games on Saturday evening under the lights. The Boosters and Alumni Council, both of whom depend on concession sales at Homecoming events to meet their annual fundraising goals, sold out of nearly all the provisions they brought, which in the words of Assistant Athletic Director Phil Page, “does not normally happen.”
Sunday’s Golf Tournament is always popular with alumni, and the beautiful weather helped attendance, and raised about $1200 for the Boosters and the Alumni Council.
LA students did their part to make Homecoming a success. More than 70 student musicians in the marching band filled downtown Damariscotta with music during Friday’s Homecoming Parade, and sports teams decorated elaborate floats based on the theme of the “Wild Wild West” for Friday’s parade.
The boys’ soccer team sported new white uniforms, while the girls soccer team wore bright pink warm-up t-shirts and soccer socks for their Saturday evening game. Both teams raised funds over the summer in order to dress up for Homecoming. The field hockey team, as usual, came up with the most elaborately decorated float, which included larger-than-life cactuses, team members wearing cowboy hats, and coaches riding hobby horses up front.
The Lincoln spirit float was full of enthusiastic fans waving LA spirit flags and shouting traditional LA cheers. Once parked near the soccer field, the couches on the spirit float served as perfect viewing seats for soccer games.
Alumni of all ages attended Homecoming, including recent graduates home from college, young parents with toddlers in tow, and seasoned alums who have seen their fair share of Homecomings over the years.
“Great weather and community participation in large numbers made this year’s Homecoming a big success for Lincoln,” said Phil Page. “We couldn’t be happier with the results.”