Maryville Chamber to host pep rally to kick off back-to-school

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Many schools in the area will be back in session this week and, in Maryville, there will be a community pep rally to celebrate.

“We get so excited about football coming back here in Maryville with the Spoofhounds and the Bearcats being such great teams,” said Maryville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lily White.

White said the Chamber decided about five years ago to hold an event to kick off back-to-school season and highlight the fall sports teams.

“On the first Thursday night of the school year, we shut down part of the downtown and we get all of the high school teams to come out and celebrate their season starting off by having them all introduce their seniors and their captains and their coaches,” White said. “Sports in our town are such a community gathering place… so we want our community to know who’s representing them on the field and on the court. It’s a fun time to show the high school kids just how important they are to our community.”

White said the pep rally will include the Spoofhound mascot, the marching Spoofhound band, games for the students and more.

The event is open to the community and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

The community pep rally takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16th, at 3rd and Market Streets in downtown Maryville. For more information, click here.