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All spectators will get in free to two key games for Darby homecoming thanks to Darby Distribution. 

The admission fees for the varsity football game Friday and the varsity volleyball game Saturday are covered.

Shelby Rogala, Darby School community outreach coordinator, said the idea of free admission came up at the September school board meeting.

“The next day Darby Distribution said they would love to do that,” she said. “They wanted to pack the stands for homecoming volleyball and football.”

The school board approved it the following week.

“The cost of the game will be waived for everybody, even our rivals get in for free,” Rogala said. “Hopefully, that will entice folks out-of-town and in town that don’t usually come or don’t usually participate in those games to come on down.”

Rogala said Friday is also a time of recognition for senior football and cross-country athletes.

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“It will be a fun filled evening with seniors, graduates and homecoming royalty,” she said.

Darby High School has had a full week of competitions, dress-up days and homecoming activities.

On Thursday, the community is welcome to a bonfire at the rodeo grounds at 8 p.m.

The homecoming schedule continues:

Friday: 2:30 p.m. – parade; 4 p.m. - Junior High football game; 5 p.m. - Booster Club barbeque at the football field ($5 per plate or $20 for a family); 6:30 p.m. - senior night recognition, 7 p.m. - varsity football game (free admission), half time includes recognition of the graduates from the class of 1966 and the crowning of homecoming royalty.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - a tour of Darby schools for the class of 1966 and anyone interested; 11 a.m. - cross-country meet (in Frenchtown); 12:30 p.m. - freshman and JV volleyball; 5:30 p.m. – varsity volleyball (free admission) and at 9 p.m. is a homecoming dance.

Reach reporter Michelle McConnaha at 363-3300 or michelle.mcconnaha@ravallirepublic.com.