"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
For months, Kelly Sengstock has driven in the Elkton area and seen the ribbons, billboard, and other items promoting Elkton High School.
"The purple and gold is everywhere. It's a good idea," said Sengstock.
Now Sengstock, president of the North East High Band Boosters and other volunteers have worked to bring some of that spirit to North East.
Last Tuesday afternoon, members of the North East High School Blue Crew Marching Band, under the direction of Sengstock and other parent volunteers, worked to paint the town blue and white.
They weren't really using paint.
In honor of last week's homecoming, the students installed balloons and streamers in the downtown. Sengstock said the effort was in cooperation with downtown North East businesses.
Shop owners were also asked if they'd install a window sticker supporting the Blue Crew.
"Homecoming has gone from a day to a week. This is a great little community thing that brings everyone together," said Sengstock. Prior to the day of decorating, parents contacted businesses to ask permission to hang the balloons and streamers.
Like Elkton, North East will also have a billboard funded by sponsors. The billboard will be along Main Street in the area of Howard's Market. It will promote the Blue Crew and the marching band show "Burn."
Cate Ness is a middle school student who is talented enough to have been recruited to play with the high school band. She was one of those helping to decorate the town. "This makes me excited to go to high school," said Ness.
Mikhaila Clark is an 11th grader and a member of the band's color guard. "This is great. It gets the town involved," said Clark.
Sean McGowan is a senior, sax player, and drum major. "This makes me feel good that the town supports us," McGowan said.