Homecoming is a long-standing tradition at Wilton High School, but it has become much less popular in recent years, according to student body president Jack Jankowski.

"Students in the past have put in countless hours working on parade floats, have been trying to garner up town spirit, and have tried to make Homecoming a more communal event — but to no great avail," he said.

The high school government is taking a new approach to this year's event, on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, at 2, in hope of garnering more school spirit.

The entire community is being invited to a whole new slew of events, and the Warriors' soccer game will be moved to the morning so festivities will have their own turn in the spotlight.

Along with a traditional parade, there will be an all-new festival, hosted at the Guy Whitten field, which will be run by high school clubs.

The parade is scheduled to start around 2:30, and will include the high school marching band, sports teams and student government. The football game against Brien McMahon High School will begin at 3.

"Basically, our goal is to involve the town of Wilton more and to make the greatness of our high school better known," Jack said.

Festival events will include a beanbag and water balloon toss, bottle knockdowns, ring tosses, three-legged races, balloon popping, a bouncy castle, wheel of fortune, pie throwing, "coffee pong," karaoke, and a football toss.

There will also be face painting, a hair dye station, darts, caricatures, a turtle petting zoo, gumball estimation jars, a basketball toss, "ladder golf," and a bake sale.