By Alan Sorensen
Plans for the Sixties Fossil Festival and Campout scheduled for a year from now on Sept. 1-3, 2000 at the Hill County Fairgrounds are well under way.
The shindig is open to all graduates, would-be graduates and faculty of Havre and Havre Central high schools from 1960-69.
Sandy Anderson of Boxcars Casino, the moving force behind the all-'60s school reunions, said the cost of attending the holiday weekend affair will be $10 per person, $17 per couple and $20 per family.
The campgrounds, midway and the vast parking lots are available for campers. The 21 stalls with hookup for water and electricity at the campground go for $17 per night. The 50 to 60 stalls with no hookups on the midway will go for $6 per night, as will the unlimited spaces in the parking lots. Public showers at the campground are open to everyone.
Various clubs and organizations will have their food booths open for the weekend, so campers may be able to purchase such memorable goodies as Pronto Pups, scones, and buffalo burgers. Beer and wine will be on sale on the grounds, too.
Reservations for the total hookup stalls are available only by calling 1-800-265-7121 or 265-7121.
The fairgrounds office will have local information, tour listings and other pertinent bits of news for visitors.
The community building east of the midway will be the site for the various class reunions.
Music for the weekend includes Friday night's DJ Music of the 1950s and '60s; Saturday's live performance by the Squires (Bill Nelson, Kurt Miller, Larry Olson, Lyle Dille, and Rick Richter); Sunday's jam session and the Squires -- bring your own instruments.
All food, drink and concessions will be available at the fairgrounds with food booths open for breakfast, lunch and supper.
Preregistration is not required other than for hookup parking.
A number of activities organizers are considering that will require volunteer help include:
- Flag ceremony;
- Veterans memorial;
- Deceased classmates memorial;
- National Guard flyover;
- Courtesy vehicles;
- Large note board;
- Sign-up sheets at each class area;
- Visit by Hi-Line Cruzin' Association;
- 50/50 raffle by HHS Booster Club;
- HHS band appearance;
- Former band members on their instruments;
- Set up area for former teachers;
- Competitions such as cow pie golf;
- Bonfire down the middle of the midway;
- A gift giveaway with 10 gifts donated by each class during the dance or jam session;
- Any other possibilities suggested by classmates that won't require too much work or that those with the suggestions would be willing to do the work.
Anyone who wants to help get the weekend organized and events lined up is welcome to visit with Sandy at Boxcars, 619 First St.
Information about the reunion also will be available at Havre Public Schools' website at www.havre.k12.mt.us.