Some may return after graduation, reliving memories of yesteryear, and others may never return at all. But for one Hicksville resident, homecoming has become a deep-rooted tradition.

“I’ve probably been to close to 40 to 50 homecomings,” explained lifelong Hicksville resident and Nassau County Legis. Rose Marie Walker. “And I will continue to keep coming back.”

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This year marked the 25th annual Homecoming Fair, founded at a time of financial crisis for the district and the threat of school closings.

“The community was in a bit of a tug-o-war. We became disconnected,” Walker said. “The fair was a way to bring the community back together and bring us back to one.”

Hicksville’s homecoming was just that, a community of unity. Students, parents and local residents attended the fair, sporting Hicksville High School apparel in the school’s colors, orange and black.

For Walker, the fair is a vital part of homecoming day.

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“It isn’t just the football game, it’s the whole day experience,” she said, smiling. “It’s great. This is what it’s about. This is home and home is always special. It’s family.”