All-school reunion for Central Valley coming in 2020

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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2019 6:00 am

For the fourth time in the school’s history, the alumni at Central Valley School will hold an all-school reunion next summer.

Between 400 and 450 people returned for the rural Traill County school’s most recent reunion in 2010 and organizers are hoping for a similar or larger turnout July 24-25, 2020.

“There’s a lot of buzz for the reunion already. It’s exciting,” Missy Adams, president of the Central Valley All-School Reunion committee, said Wednesday. “People know it’s coming and have been asking about it quite a bit the past year.”

The reunion will prompt changes for Buxton Improvement Group’s Family Fun Day. The citywide summer celebration typically takes place the final weekend in June.

Ben Hershey, president of Buxton Improvement Group, said Wednesday that a stand-alone Family Fun Day won’t be held next June. Instead, many of the celebration’s events will be wrapped into the two-day all-school reunion in July.

“BIG day will be taking a different path this year,” Hershey said. “We recognize that many people will be back in town for (the reunion) and some local residents may stick around that weekend.

“We’re looking forward to have many former residents of both Buxton and Reynolds come spend time in Buxton in July.”

Reunion activities planned for Friday, July 24 start with a morning golf tournament sponsored by the Central Valley Dollars for Scholars Chapter at Goose River Golf Course in Hillsboro.

Later in the day, alumni can register for the reunion and tour Central Valley School from 4-6:30 p.m.

Superintendent Jeremy Brandt said school officials are anxious to show off improvements at the school, including the school’s recently added lockers and carpeting and newer gymnasium.

“We’ll definitely welcome our alumni back to the building,” Brandt said. “We’re looking forward to having our old students come in and see what’s been done to the school.”

Other activities planned July 24 include kids’ games and bouncy houses in Buxton’s city park and a community meal at the Buxton Fire Hall.

The Buxton Fire Department will hold its annual fireworks show later in the evening.

On Saturday, July 25, events kick off in Buxton with a 2.5-kilometer run for kids and 5K run for adults.

A parade will follow at midday before festivities head north to Reynolds, where alumni will be able to mingle, take in a beer garden and watch footage from previous Central Valley state championship games.

The Valiants won the 1993 state Class B boys basketball championship and the 1999 9-man football title prior to joining the Hillsboro-Central Valley sports co-op in 2012.

A catered picnic meal in Reynolds City Park will be held followed by a street dance featuring the Downtown Horns, one of Grand Forks’ most popular bands.

Save-the-date postcards for the reunion have been mailed to many Central Valley alumni, although organizers are continuing to reach out to former students who may have been missed, Adams said.

A Central Valley All-School Reunion Facebook page was created earlier this summer to share information and updates with alumni.

The committee planning the reunion will hold its next meeting Oct. 23 at Reynolds City Hall and volunteers interested in helping prepare for July’s two-day event won’t be turned away, Adams said.

“The more people we have the more fun we have in the planning,” Adams said.  

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