New Alumni Weekend brings hundreds downtown

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LHS Alumni Association president, Nikki Schwerdtfager Flinn addressed the crowd at the luncheon Saturday. (Photo by John Baetz)

By the Lincoln Sentinel

The newly reinvented Lincoln High School Alumni Weekend welcomed hundreds of people to town Friday and Saturday as graduates of Lincoln High School celebrated with milestone reunions, a special tour of the community, and a live band performing at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Fourth Street.

The new Alumni Weekend was moved from its traditional fall homecoming weekend to the first weekend of June thanks in part to an expansion of the Lincoln High School Alumni Association board to include some more recent graduates joining forces with long-time board members. 

The weekend kicked off with a Sloppy Joe Supper, provided by the Lincoln United Methodist Church Friday evening, followed by a mixer at both the VFW and Biggie Biggs

Saturday morning the day started with the Live Healthy Lincoln County Color Run

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Over 160 participated in Saturday’s Live Healthy Color Run. (Photo credit: Christa Haeseyemer)

and Walk which welcomed 163 entries, followed by the Annual Meeting and Luncheon at LHS, and the new economic development tour, organized by LCEDF Director Kelly Larson, which took 26 alums to different businesses around town Saturday afternoon. 

Once the free afternoon movie concluded at the Finch Theatre the evening’s events saw hundreds of people come downtown. The St. John Lutheran Youth Group sold out of food it prepared to serve 250 by 9:30 p.m., the Lincoln Fire Department beer garden was hopping all night, and the band Bootleg Mercy, featuring LHS grad Brady Donley, had dozens of people dancing in the streets.

Ladonna Reinert’s cake walk raised $117 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and both children and adults took part in the free tailgate games.

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Fireworks light up the night sky during the dance. (Photo by Becky Rathbun)

The Radish Patch Dip Contest, Golfing for Greater Health Tournament, and the open house for Your Other Family Doctor were also well attended.