Batavia residents packed Bulldog Stadium Friday to help usher in another exciting falls sports season.
The crowds took part in the annual Batavia High School Corn Boil, which kicks off the season in style. Families gathered under tents to enjoy a meal and also watch performances and practices of the high school students.
"This is our big kickoff," said Jim Pohorsky, president of the Batavia Bulldog Boosters organization. "We have people that don't even have kids show up, because they enjoy coming every year. We have parents who kids already graduated come back, and that's what we want to see."
Pohorsky said proceeds from the Corn Boil meal go to benefit all athletics programs at Batavia High School and Rotolo Middle School. Boosters use the funds to get new uniforms for the sports teams every few years.
Batavia Football was one of the teams to get updated uniforms last year, and Senior Cullin Rokos was one of the players sporting the new duds. He snuck in time for a corn meal Friday after a football practice on the baseball field in front of crowds.
"We had a lot of juniors stepping up this year and a lot of seniors stepping up this year," he said. "I'm confident about the season and I can't wait for the first game."
The much-lauded Bulldogs start their fall campaign this Friday, Aug. 24 at Glenbard North.
While the dogs practiced, the High School Marching Band, Dance and Cheer teams thrilled audiences with their routines inside Bulldog Stadium.
Among the band members was Charlie Sitarski, who had to play his tuba from the sidelines due to a broken leg.
Sitarski's parents Michael and Suzy were there to cheer him on. It was their first corn boil.
Sitarski, a freshman at BHS, is admittedly nervous about playing in front of the crowds at the football games this year. But he was still able to enjoy the boil and seeing all his friends again.
Lyn Fairchild and her children were also out with the Sitarskis. She said the boil was great.
"It's the community," she said, looking out into the crowd. "They really come together and put on a great event."