The Times photo by Betsy ReasonNoblesville Homecoming Parade Marshal Jim Crask waves to the crowd during the Noblesville Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Noblesville Homecoming Parade Marshal Jim Crask waves to the crowd during the Noblesville Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon.
It was an amazing weekend in downtown Noblesville, as folks were out and about showing their spirit, supporting their schools, their city and their community.

It was perfect weather, warm and sunny, all weekend.

It all started with Noblesville High School Homecoming, including parade, tailgating and football game on Friday.

Folks crowded the streets of downtown Noblesville as Noblesville High School celebrated Homecoming with parade floats, athletes and school organizations during the annual Homecoming Parade.

The parade was led by Noblesville Police and Fire Department, followed by the Miller football team whose members piled onto multiple flat-bed tow trucks to ride through downtown. Marching Millers -- the 2017 Indiana State Fair Band champions -- performed for the crowd of hometown supporters as they marched through downtown. Homecoming Parade Marshal Jim Crask, 1973 NHS grad and retired NPD/NHS safety officer, rode on the back of a black Chevy SSR convertible. Homecoming court, class floats and officers, cheerleaders, student athletes, school organizations and other groups, including the NHS Alumni Association, followed in the parade.

Friday night, the stands at Hare Chevrolet Field, which this season has new turf, were packed with students, families and alumni who watched the band perform before the game and Homecoming King Curtis Taylor and Homecoming Queen Tessa Scalzo crowned at halftime of the game, which the Millers sadly lost to Zionsville Eagles, 41-27. At Federal Hill Commons park, folks filled the lawn to watch "Sing," Noblesville Parks' final showing in the family movie series, provided by Jim Wafford of Logan Street Signs & Banners.

Saturday morning, Noblesville Farmers Market was bustling with shoppers searching for fresh produce, homemade breakfast and unique finds. The Historic Courthouse Square sprung to life with The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players, all dressed in their bright aqua T-shirts, singing songs from Disney's "The Little Mermaid." Folks curious to visit historic Old Town properties lined up to buy tickets for Noblesville Preservation Alliance's Historic Homes Tour, which started at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Residence & Old Jail. Noblesville Main Street's Old Mill Festival offered an array of arts and crafts and antiques.

A stroll out to Forest Park, across the footbridge accessible from the newly completed Riverwalk, found folks dressed as pioneers, and attendees competing in a pie-eating contest, participating in cake walk, browsing for handmade furniture, aprons and jewelry, painting gourds, playing washboard with master player Bill Bailey and old-fashioned games with Indiana State Museum's Raggedy Ann. Folks brought lawn chairs and enjoyed af afternoon of live old-time country music on the Noblesville Parks' mobile stage, featuring Blackberry Jam, Gold Country and Cornfields & Crossroads bands, and Johnny Appleseed and Hopalong Cassidy appearances.

Across the road, bluegrass player John Gilmore performed at the Indiana Transportation Museum, where trains operated back and forth all afternoon inside the park.

Later Saturday night, NHS Homecoming Dance attendees dressed to the nines, were seen out and about dining in around around the downtown before the big dance. Folks also filled the lawn of Federal Hill Commons for School of Rock's Separate Ways band free Journey tribute concert.

On Sunday afternoon, Ducati Fest at Matteo's Ristorante Italiano brought in dozens of beautiful Ducati bikes to the historic Square.

What a great weekend in Noblesville!

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.