All class reunion just one part of event-filled holiday weekend

Most class reunions allow old friends and classmates to see each other again after being apart for years. Not many class reunions come with a parade.

After all the planning and preparation, Ely is finally ready to welcome home the hundreds of alumni who grew up in White Pine County and graduated from local schools. According to the Fourth of July Class Reunion Committee member Lorraine Clark, those who are coming back to Ely, as well as those that never left, are all in for a memorable holiday.

“What we’ve done with this, and we have been working on this for almost a year, we wanted every organization to be able to step up and say we’d like to host a barbecue or do a breakfast,” Clark said.

Local organizations and business have answered the committee’s call for participation and have set up a variety of events, places to eat, or even see the sights all over again. For a complete list of things to do over the holiday weekend in Ely, see The Ely Times Special Fourth of July Section C in this issue.

The class reunion planning committee wanted to make this year’s all class reunion something more than the regular get together. Alumni from different White Pine Schools will ride in their own custom school floats during the Fourth of July parade, they will get to travel back in time when they visit Pete’s Drive In and a specially decorated 1950’s version of The Economy Drug. To Clark, who also sits on the Tourism and Recreation Committee, providing these types of unique experiences will do more than just leave visitors and locals with fond memories, t will provide a boon to the local economy.

Close to 400 alumni from White Pine County schools are anticipated to return to Ely to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Close to 400 alumni from White Pine County schools are anticipated to return to Ely to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. (Garrett Estrada photo)

“What people might not realize is that every new dollar that comes into town is turned over seven times,” Clark said, meaning that each new dollar will eventually be spent at least seven different times.

But with the influx of people into town, parking is going to become difficult for the three day weekend celebration, so Clark encouraged those who will be attending events to ride the free buses that will be taking people from one part of town to the next. The buses, which were provided by White Pine County School District and Robinson Nevada Mining Company, will help free up parking spaces and help those who might otherwise have hard time getting around.

The buses will begin running Thursday at 5 p.m., taking passengers to 11 different locations in Ely including the Nevada Northern Railroad, The White Pine County Golf Course and the high school.

The Fourth of July Parade, put on by the Great Basin Service Club, will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 4 in downtown Ely. The traditional Fourth of July fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. at the golf course. The committee recommends people watch the fireworks from the railway station at NNRY, where live music and a no-host bar will keep the holiday going. Admission is $10.