JACKSON, WY — A few times a year, Jackson shows its true small-town spirit. BroncBash is one such occasion.
Friday afternoon, the Jackson Hole High School football stadium will transform into a cinematic display of small-town pride. Jackson Hole High School’s football team kicks off the season with BroncBash, a festival to honor our local Broncs and start the season in style.
Between seasons, JHHS Broncs coach David Joyce says it can be hard for the Broncs — and football teams across the country — to maintain community support. But local football is what small towns are all about. “We do the BroncBash as a festival to kick off the season, and get the town to rally around the football team. Make it relevant again.” Joyce says.
And it’s quite the celebration. It’s everything you could want from a local fair: a bouncy castle, face painting, a dunk tank, an arm wrestling table, an obstacle course. The JHHS Dance Team will put on a show. There’s lots of free food. “You name it, we’ll have it,” Joyce says.
Joyce has been in the coaching business for a long time, and has coached all over the country. Of course, the Broncs are unique, but he says football players today aren’t too different than they were 50 years ago. They perform under a lot of pressure. For a couple of months a year, the community puts kids as young as 14 on a pedestal. The bar is always high.
But the players always rise to the occasion, Joyce says. “If you allow [players] to thrive, then they will,” he says. “They want to perform well and represent Jackson.”
The team is looking competitive this year, Joyce says. It’s well-stacked with nearly 50 players, which is pretty impressive for a town with plenty of other activities to keep kids busy. “For Jackson, I feel like that’s a pretty healthy number.”
The first game of the season is August 30 at 7 p.m., here at the JHHS stadium. Black and orange are our colors, if you want to help paint the stadium with support.
There is a small price of admission to Friday’s BroncBash: a packaged food item. JHHS Broncs will donate everything they collect to the Jackosn Cupboard. No direct benefit to the Jackson Broncs, just a way to give back to the community.
The festival starts at 5 p.m. at the Jackson Hole High School football stadium.
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