50th Class reunion plans in home stretch

Ridgetown District High School’s ‘Class of 1974’ is in the home stretch for their 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 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 ‘big day’ celebration will be held at Scott McKinlay’s farm, 12297 Talbot Road, 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.

“We came up with about 70, 75 people who at some point were in our grade (from fall of 1969 to spring of 1974).”

The committee used phone calls and emails, Facebook, other social media platforms and various search sites to track down class members across Ontario and Canada.

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

If anyone knows of a member of the Class of ‘74 who may not have been contacted or may not be aware of the reunion, please pass along Carnie’s phone number (519-401-1552) and/or email wpcarnie@gmail.com

Michael Bennett, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News