RDH 50th class reunion plans in home stretch

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By Michael Bennett
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Ridgetown Independent

Ridgetown District High School’s Class of 1974 is in the home stretch for its 50th anniversary.

Bill Carnie, one of the five committee members of the ’74 graduation class, expects about 60 students and spouses, along with 10 teachers, five with spouses, to return to town for the two-day reunion on July 12-13.

The celebration begins on Friday night with a meet-and-greet at Yeck’s Station 11 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“The idea is for people coming from out of town to get settled in and a chance for everyone to get together and reconnect before the big day Saturday,” Carnie said of Friday’s get-together.

Saturday’s celebration will be held at Scott McKinlay’s farm, 12297 Talbot Rd., Morpeth, from 2 p.m. to midnight.

The cost is $20 per person for a pork barbecue, which includes pork, stuffing, coleslaw, beans and garlic bread.

Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair, drinks (including mix), and an optional donation of dessert or extra salad. There is plenty of room for tents and trailers for those planning to spend the night.

Carnie said plans for the 50th anniversary reunion began last year when a committee was formed to plan the event and begin the search for fellow graduates. McKinlay volunteered his farm for the pig roast.

“There were 37 of us in Grade 13 who graduated in 1974, but there were a lot of others who were in our grade from 9 to 12 who didn’t go to 13, and we didn’t want to leave them out,” he said.

Carnie said there were only about 15 fellow students they could not find.

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