Mira Branham | Reporter
A community is a group of people that have a certain thing in common. For Avon, that thing is black and gold pride. On Saturday, Aug. 17, students, families, and community members came together to participate in the annual Community Day, which celebrates the start of the Avon Marching Black and Gold season. Besides a special sneak-peek from the marching band itself, entertainment included a Craft & Vendor Show, a “Band on the Run” 5K, the 7th Annual Community Day Car Show, and an “Ultimate Challenge” between the Avon Police Department and the Avon Fire Department.
Although the main purpose of Community Day is to raise money for the marching band’s competition season, it also acts as a pep rally to get all of Avon ready for a strong season. Assistant Band Director Matthew Harloff said that it’s important to the students to see that a whole community full of support is behind them.
“While it takes dedication and time, the benefits are unlimited,” Harloff said. “Students learn how to work together as a team, as well as enjoy traveling and performing together despite the competitive environment.”
The evening was hot, but the scattered storms held off just for the occasion. Junior Lynsey Wood said the worst part of the day was the humidity, but even the weather couldn’t put a damper on the mood as many attendees and participants were giddy with excitement.
“The best part was finally being able to perform,” Wood said. “As for the season, I hope it’s fun and enjoyable for everyone.”
Junior Will Cunningham said that seeing those who were a part of the swearing-in for the military reminded him to appreciate those who sacrifice their lives by joining the military.
“Performing our marching show was a blast [and] cheering on the wing eating competition was oddly exciting,” Cunningham said. “Seeing members from the community come out and support the band program was also very humbling and extremely appreciated.”
Photography by Sarah Crail