Laurens Central School-s color guard members: Front row, from left: Ashley Liddle, Sarah Alger. Middle row: Kirsten Qua, Liza Hazlett, Gabi Furlan, Alison Mattice. Back row: Shannon Mish, Jessica Bennett, an unidentified person, Bryanna Liddle, Annie Strong.

After more than a decade, the annual "home show" by the Laurens Jaguars Color Guard will be held at Laurens Central School.

Since at least the early 1990s, the show has been held at area schools because the Laurens gym was not regulation size, said school Superintendent Romona Wenck. That has changed with the recent completion of the school's building project.

Wenck, a former physical education director, directed the color guard until about 13 years ago.

"It's very exciting," she said.

The show starts at 5 p.m., she said. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

Laurens has three groups participating: PJS, grades 2-4; Junior Guard, grades 4-7; and Varsity, grades 6-12; said director Kelly Bennett. The color guard picks a song and performs a choreographed routine using traditional equipment including flags, sabers and rifles, she said.

While there are no gender restrictions, the Laurens groups are female this year, she said.

The varsity performance is based upon a book by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Bennett said. "We usually make a statement."

There are a lot of personnel, she said, including color-guard alumni that help on all levels.

"We are very fortunate to have some talented people helping," she said.

Other schools participating including Unatego, Sherburne-Earlville, West Canada Valley, New Hartford, Mohonasen and an independent guard from Binghamton, she said.

Most color guards that participate in the Mid York Color Guard Circuit host their own show, said Wenck.

"It's a good fundraiser," she said.

A couple of the students participating in the varsity performance said they were excited about the event returning home.

Senior Sarah Alger, 17, said, "It's going to be sad" performing in her last local show, but she is "really happy" it has returned to Laurens.

"This is really big for us," she said. "We have an amazing show and a great staff that are helping out. It's going to be really great."

"I am overexcited," said 17-year-old junior Jessica Bennett, daughter of Kelly Bennett. "It's the greatest feeling in the world when the crowd is cheering for you."

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