PLANT CITY - Planning is underway for one of the largest class reunions in the history of Plant City High School when the classes who graduated from 1956 to 1972 gather at the Strawberry Festival Grounds Expo Hall July 27.
Former graduates met May 28 at Plant City's First Baptist Church to discuss the plans for the evening. The main topic was how to capture the essence of a class reunion that would cover a 16-year span while making accommodations for a crowd that could exceed 400. Among the plans discussed was the change in location from the Arthur Boring Building to the Expo Hall - due to the large number of attendees expected - as well as the decor for the evening. Representatives from each class will decorate a table that will display photos and memorabilia from the year they graduated.
But the most difficult task that reunion organizers face is finding former students and graduates, especially when many may have moved.
"Our biggest challenge is getting the word out to all these classes," said LaVerne Burkett Cribbs, who co-chairs the event with Lynda Rogers Fuller. "We are doing our best to reach some of these people."
Cribbs explained that they are using social media such as Facebook and Classmates.com to find former students who may no longer live in the area. Locally, they are relying on word of mouth to reach classmates who may still live in Plant City and the surrounding areas.
The reunion is dubbed Planters Reunite - after the since-retired mascot - and will be held July 27 at the Strawberry Festival Grounds Expo Hall from 6:30p.m. to 10:30p.m. Dinner will be provided by Catering By The Family and the admission fee is $40 per person. The deadline to RSVP is July 6. For questions regarding the reunion contact Lynda Rogers Fuller at (813) 986-4844 or LaVerne Burkett Cribbs at (813) 763-1530.
For information visit their website at www. Planters1969-1972.com or www.facebook.com/PlantersReunite.