Marshfield High School alumni will be reuniting with old friends July 3, at the Marshfield Community Center for the fourth annual Reunion Fest.
Festivities will take place in the field behind the old high school band room. It is a tradition where classmates reunite for one large night of fun and memories. This year is going to have a few minor changes than previous Reunion Fests, including the day of the event.
“We feel having the event on Friday night before the Fourth will bring even more people out, as Friday will be the legal paid work holiday,” said Lyndall Fraker, the founder of Reunion Fest.
There are eight classes, which is the largest class of alumni participating than last year. Another change is that six bands will be performing in this year’s Reunion Fest.
The bands performing include James River Band, Vinyard Road, RH Silverwood, Common Ground and Friends, Red City Dogs and Jackson Wolff. Also returning to the festival is Dennis Beck, a MHS alumni of 75.
This year’s Reunion Fest is hosted by classes of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and 1990. About 700 people attended last year’s event. Fraker and the Reunion Fest committee are responsible for collaborating with the different classes.
“The neat thing about this event is a class reunion is just those you graduated with,” said Fraker. “But this is something where everyone is coming together.”
An all-alumni reception will take place at 3 p.m. inside an air conditioned part of the building. The MHS Outstanding Alumni honoree will be recognized during the event. Dr. Tommy Macdonnell received the 2014 MHS Outstanding Alumni award for his service as a doctor and a D-Day veteran.
This year’s MHS Outstanding Alumni honoree is Col. Ron Replogle, a class of 78 alumnus. Replogle recently retired from the Missouri State Highway Patrol after leading the patrol more than five years since being appointed by the Governor Jay Nixon in February 2010.
And another reason to attend is the food, which will be provided by Fat Boys BBQ and Smokey J’s Deli and Pizza.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be purchased at Brooks Gas Co., Ruth’s Flowers and Gifts, Beckerdite Music Co., Imagination Station, local banks or from any reunion class committee member.
Proceeds from the event help maintain the community center campus, which used to be the Marshfield High School and later the Marshfield Junior High building.
The event is from 3-11 p.m. and all adults are welcome to attend for an evening of music, food and fun.