A Cavalier Celebration
The Cavalier spirit will be flowing in Forest City on Saturday when thousands of alumni are expected to gather together for the East Rutherford High School (ERHS) 50 Year All Class Celebration.
The event will be from 1-10 p.m. in downtown Forest City on Mill Street. It is free to the public and anyone who has any affiliation with the school is invited to attend.
"This isn't just for students. It's for faculty, staff, janitors, lunch ladies and bus drivers. It also includes all Cool Springs High School graduates. It's a huge thing," said Ramona Wilson, member of the Cavalier Class of 1983, which organized the event. "We have a goal to get 2,500 to 3,000 to come out but this being something we have never done before, we don't have any idea. On Facebook we have over 3,000 hits and we've got people from New York and California that are excited and are coming in."
Wilson said that the idea came about while the Class of 1983 was discussing their 30-year reunion. Then, Superintendent Janet Mason, a member of that class, informed the group that it was also the 50th anniversary of the school. After that, the class took it upon themselves to put together an event for all of the classes.
The event kicks off at 1 p.m. with a performance from the ERHS Cavalier marching band, followed by speakers including Mason and other alumni. There will be music throughout the day, provided by Keith Early of Sound Connection. He plans to play 15 minute clusters of period music from the past 50 years.
There will also be food vendors available. Smith's Drugs of Forest City, Forest City Diner and The Brew House and Bistro will offer extended hours for the event. Each class is also invited to set up their own tent, where alumni from those years can socialize.
"It's going to be a great day and we are hoping everyone will come out," Wilson said. "We will have plenty of handicapped parking and we will also have an air-conditioned station set up inside for anyone that wants to come in and relax."
During its meeting on Monday, the Town of Forest City passed a resolution officially declaring Saturday East Rutherford High School 50th Anniversary Day.
"The 50 year celebration is exciting. There is a lot of Cavalier Pride in this community and I am blessed to be the principal of this wonderful school," said Brad Teague, principal of ERHS. "It is great for our current students to see how much pride our alumni have. Cavalier Pride is alive and well."
The school will also be open for guided tours from 2-5 p.m. and the celebration committee will be selling event T-shirts for $12 and $14 throughout the day. All of the money raised from the shirts will go to a scholarship fund.
The ERHS yearbook staff will be taking orders for four-page color supplements of the event for $10.
"The Cavalier spirit here in the county is just awesome," Wilson said. "We are actually encouraging anyone who wants to to come out Friday night to come to the home football game. The individual classes will be recognized during the game and anyone who wants to come out, we would love to have them participate and get ready for the weekend."
For more information call Forest City Events at 828-247-4430. Those that attend are encouraged to wear red and bring their Cavalier memorabilia.