Editor's note: Information provided to The Corry Journal had a misspelling of the last name of 2019 Union City Wall of Achievement inductee Baxter Wellmon. The incorrect spelling was published in The Journal on Aug. 31 and Sept. 10. It has since been corrected.
UNION CITY - Alumni of Union City Area Middle-High School are invited to take part in yearly Homecoming festivities this weekend, including a parade, banquet and football game.
UC's 59th annual Homecoming parade will march through town on Saturday morning starting at 11 a.m. The annual Alumni Banquet is slated for later that night in the gymnasium of the Union City Elementary School.
The parade and banquet are organized by the Union City Alumni Association.
The grand marshal of this year's Homecoming parade is Robert "Bob" Glenn of the Warren-Glenn Funeral Home, where the parade will end.
After starting at the corner of West High Street and Second Avenue, the procession will travel down West High Street, turn right onto Main Street and continue to the funeral home.
"The Union City Homecoming parade is very well known for having good floats. It's one of the better parades in Erie County for floats," said Elizabeth Malec, secretary of the Union City Alumni Association.
The recently announced winners of the UC Alumni Association's baby contest will be featured in the parade along with their families.
The winning baby is Lilyana Hayes, daughter of Ryan Thomas and Kaylee Ann Hayes, and the runner-up is Jasper Shane Dylon, son of Jacob and Danielle Dylon.
The alumni banquet is hosted yearly by the association to honor all UC graduates while offering them a chance to socialize with their classmates and other alumni. Reservations are required for the sit-down dinner.
A Homecoming Fest will also be held on Saturday by the Union City First United Methodist Church (see sidebar for more details).
Union City's Homecoming football game will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday night at Bears Stadium.
Union City Area Middle-High School will crown its 2019 Homecoming king and queen during halftime of the home football game between the Bears and the Cochranton Cardinals.
This year's queen candidates are Ashley Best, Tara Jackson, Emily Eastman, Natalie Franke, Gracey Shrout and Selina Jin. The king candidates are Austin Dolan, Jamon Higley, Colton Bojaczko, Keegan Hornaman, Ryan Brooks and Ian Dufala.
The middle-high school's annual Homecoming semi-formal dance will be held on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. at the St. Teresa Parish Center, 9 Third Ave., Union City, because of renovations taking place at the high school.
Prior to the Homecoming game, this year's class of inductees for the Union City Wall of Achievement will be recognized at a reception in the middle-high school cafeteria beginning at 5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
The 2019 inductees - Richard "Dick" Mason, Dr. Susan Maloney, Daniel Brumagin and Baxter Wellmon - will then be honored on the football field at about 6:20 p.m. and be presented with plaques.
The Union City Wall of Achievement was started in 2007 as a way to promote accomplishments of UC graduates and others with close ties to the community. Each year, a committee accepts nominations from the general public and then chooses three to four inductees from the nominees.
The new inductees' names will be added to a large plaque that hangs in the middle-high school with all past recipients.
For more information about the Wall of Achievement, visit www.unioncitywoa.com.