OSAWATOMIE — For more than a century, Osawatomie residents have been gathering each year to celebrate with classmates, friends and family.

Memorial weekend will usher in the 124th annual Osawatomie High School celebration. Alumni members are making preparations for the annual celebration to take place on Saturday, May 25.

As in year’s past, the day will begin with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Osawatomie Public Library from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the City Auditorium. Catered by Chris Cakes, the all-you-can-eat breakfast will cost $6 per person.

Alumni will gather to show their Trojan pride by promenading down Main Street in the annual parade which starts at 10 a.m.

All classes are invited to participate in the parade, according to the Osawatomie Alumni Association’s Facebook page. Participants should line up between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. on Brown Avenue by Osawatomie Middle School.

The parade will be led by the class of 1969, which is celebrating its 50th reunion, followed by the class of 2019 graduates. The class of 1969 was the last graduating class from the facility at Fifth Street and Brown Avenue, according to this year’s alumni banquet program.

Alumni can bring vehicles to ride in or they can walk in the parade, according to the association. Bring signs or banners to identify the class.

The day continues that afternoon with a social at the high school cafeteria from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by the banquet and meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Max Steele gymnasium at the high school. The evening will include special recognition of the centennial anniversary class of 1919, the golden anniversary class of 1969, special years and the outstanding alumni award, according to the banquet program.

The banquet will be catered by Chicken Mary’s of Pittsburg, Kan., with assistance from Calling All Girls and Sub Debs.

Afterward, a coffee social will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

A dance downtown featuring the band Asylum Bridge is scheduled from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets can be purchased at the gates or at Donna & Viola’s Shirts at 522 Main St. Food and drinks will be available during the dance at La Hacienda, located at 546 Main St.

In case of inclement weather, the dance will take place in City Auditorium.

For more information, visit www.osawatomiealumni.com.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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