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Large crowds, nice weather for homecoming

By Sherrie Williams
Weather seemed perfect for homecoming events last week and the events have been deemed a success.
The Community Chow Down lunch was well attended with 447 people served 340 hamburgers and 240 hotdogs.
The meal was free, but those attending donated a total of $548 dollars that will be used for the Lake Gordon Lighthouse Project.
The event was sponsored by S5! Manufacturing and the food was prepared and served by City of Iowa Park employees.
There were a number of parade entries and the downtown streets were lined with spectators.
Friday nights football game was well played, but not enough to stay ahead of the Mineral Wells Rams.
Whoop-T-Do’s annual Dutton Funeral Home’s Turtle Trot Race got the day started with several contestants.
Winners for the three age groups and best dressed include: Brynlee Winkler, ages four and under; Julia Lamb, ages five through seven; and Chi Lalk, ages eight through 12.
Winners in all three age groups were awarded medals.
Grand champion and winner of trophy and $50 was Julia Lamb
Best dressed and winner of trophy and $50 was Bailey Wells.
Whoop-T-Do had 34 vendors and hundreds of people kept the them busy.
The alumni luncheon had 120 to 130 attendees.
Lois Purvis, Class of ‘42, was selected Coming Home Queen.
Oldest Graduate who attended was Lois Purvis, Class of ‘42.
The Youngest Graduate who attended was Andrew LaBrier and Cherrie Bradberry, both Class of ‘98.
Traveled the longest distance: Loyd and Peggie Coleman who traveled from Longview, Washington, just for homecoming.
According to alumni organizer Sue Bradberry they had others from Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, and everywhere in-between.
The Iowa Park Leader subscription winner was Penny Payne Mattos ‘75; and Kari’s book Haunted Places and Ghost Sightings Across Texas was given to Lana Jacks Coe ‘71.
“I bought it to give to someone special. Lana has spent the past year overcoming cancer and she is now cancer free. She was the first one to reserve her place at the luncheon, as well, being the first to “pay” for the luncheon. I wanted her to have it,” said Sue.
The weekend wrapped up with a crowd dancing in the street at the street dance and shindig sponsored by Doorway to Gourmet with live music by Tony Byers and Trent Murray. Murray opened followed by Byers who played and kept people entertained and on their feet for approximately three hours.