The Ponoka Composite High School class of 1967. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka’s graduating class of ‘67 opening up reunion to other years

The Ponoka Composite High School Graduating class of 1967 is holding their 55th high school reunion next month and they’re opening the event up to anyone they went to school with.

The class, which was the first class to attend the newly-built high school at the north end of town, is celebrating the anniversary on Oct. 8 at the Ponoka Golf Club. Rather than just their class, anyone who went to school either a couple of years ahead or behind them is welcome to attend.

Committee chair Doug Hart says it doesn’t matter if you graduated either, as a lot of kids growing up in farm families might not have: come out and have a good time with your fellow classmates anyways.

The class of ‘67 has held nine reunions over the years, and when they do, they use the event as a fundraiser to give back to the community. Five years ago, at the last reunion, they raised $5,500 towards scholarships for the high school.

“We remain a tightly-knit class. Many of our classmates remained in Ponoka and raised families here. Those who moved on continue to have close ties to the community,” said Hart.

“We think every time we have a reunion, some good should come of it.”

This year, the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ponoka Food Bank.

The dinner will be a beef and chicken combo plate. The bar will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

There will be chesterfield bingo as an icebreaker as well as an Indigenous speaker, some 60s music and an open mic.

RV camping will also be available in the RV parking at the golf course. There are no electrical hookups.

Tickets are $40. More information on how to purchase tickets can be found on the Facebook page for the reunion.