Let’s Go, Wildcats!
There are so many things to be proud of about Ukiah: our small town character, our great community members, and the beautiful setting where our town is located.
I have to say, one of my most favorite parts of our community is our high school and the pride our students demonstrate each year during homecoming. I honestly think Ukiah High does more to get everyone involved and showing true school spirit than any other high school I have ever seen. The high school conducts rallies, assemblies, skits, contests, a parade, and a Friday night football game.
During homecoming week (October 2-7), students dress in unbelievably creative ways to show their school spirit. On Monday, freshmen dress according to their class color and theme. On Tuesday, it’s the sophomores, and so on until Friday when everyone comes together at the football game in a sea of Ukiahi purple and gold. I love the way each class competes through their citizenship, sportsmanship, and support for their classmates to vie for the school’s most prestigious award: the school spirit bell.
High school administrators, teachers, staff members, and student body representatives deserve a big thank you for all their efforts—their hard work allows the whole student body to enjoy an incredibly positive, community-building activity. So please join me in cheering, “Let’s Go, Wildcats!”
This year’s homecoming parade will start at Ukiah High School at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7. It will travel east on Low Gap Road to N. Bush Street, then south on N. Bush Street to Grove Avenue. From Grove, the parade will turn on to Scott Street and then head south on State Street. The parade will stay on State Street past the Mendocino County Courthouse to Clay Street, then turn west on Clay, north on Dora Street and back to the high school.
During the parade, our school resource officer and school administrators will help control traffic along the parade route. If you’re driving near the parade, please pay attention! It’s easy to become distracted, but so very important not to. The parade includes horses, semi-trucks, and vintage cars carrying many potential homecoming kings and queens. If you want to take pictures, cheer on a particular class, or just wave, please don’t try to drive at the same time.
If you have teenagers participating in the parade, encourage them to yell their hearts out with school pride, and to please be careful on the floats. We don’t want anyone falling off and getting hurt.
Ukiah’s Country Pumpkinfest will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16, with a hometown parade Saturday morning. The weekend includes fun, family-related activities like live music, a downtown carnival, and many unique vendors.
The Pumkinfest parade takes place Saturday October 15, starting at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Low Gap Road and State Street and traveling south on State Street through the downtown to Seminary Avenue. From 10:00 a.m. until about noon, State Street will be completely closed to vehicle traffic from Low Gap Road to the movie theater at Mill Street.
To avoid frustration as you try to get across town, it’ll be best to use the freeway or Dora Street to travel north and south—and it’s probably a good idea to plan some extra time for travel.
If you’re watching the Pumpkinfest parade, please don’t let your kids run into the street to get candy—or get too close to the vehicles for any reason. Driving in a parade can be fun, but distractions are everywhere; a driver may not see a small child in the street. Let’s keep kids safe and have fun!
Thanks once again to the countless volunteers, non-profits, service clubs, and others that allow all of us in Ukiah to enjoy such a fantastic downtown event.
As always, our mission at UPD is simple: to make Ukiah as safe as possible. If you have suggestions on how we can improve please feel free to call me. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cell phone and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website: www.ukiahpolice.com.