That phrase was quoted from numerous attendees of this year's reunion.
The theme was "Do the Reunion: Remembering the Puyallup Fair when we were
in school." It focused on the Fairs between
1940 and 1955. There were arcade games to play (balloon/dart toss
and a bean bag toss), display boards with pictures and information on Fair
subjects including: fair History, the Fairway,
the Fairgrounds, Agriculture exhibits, general Livestock, Fair Food,
Rodeos, and Grandstand Shows. There was even an mini agricultural
exhibit that won a blue ribbon.
Upon arrival, at the
registration table, the attendees received a token for a free Fair Scone
made fresh from the original scone recipe that included raisins (made with
Fisher flour of course). Calyope music from a band organ played
while a slide show of the Fair's historic 1917 portable carousel
displayed. Pictures of young fairgoers riding the carousel horses
offered fun viewing. Periodically, in the background, was the sound
of screaming coaster thrill riders as a train raced pass. The image
of the roller coaster was displayed high on the wall of the hall.
reunion committee chose as it's guest speaker Kenneth Scholz, a McMillin
graduate and long time Fair Board member. Ken
spoke of his background with the Fair and provided some interesting Fair
history. But he did not stop there, bringing us up to date on what
is happening now and some hints of what to expect in the future from the
Washington State Fair. His presentation concluded with fun
question and answer period.
annual slide show presentation included photos from the different venues
of the Fair. Most of the photos were taken during the years the
class members were in school. Many years they attended the Fair on
their designated school district day, when classes were actually canceled
so they could go.
was a fun event and our reunion committee members were rewarded for their
long hours of work by those precious words:
"Our best reunion ever!" Thanks to those who came and we hope to see
even more class members and guests next year.
Remember, this is an annual event and it is always held on the third
Saturday in June (easy to mark on your new calendar in January). It
is always held at the same place, the McMillin School (Grange) and it is
always held from noon until 3pm. Very easy to remember and even
harder to forget.
We can only continue doing this if you classmates attend, because as a
non-profit, we depend upon our ticket sales and donations from this
reunion to pay for the next reunion. Come join the fun and bring a
friend(s), relative(s), or care giver with you. Thanks for your
support, see you next year.
Registration forms are mailed to classmates each year, but if you do not
receive one or know of anyone who did not, a registration form will be
available for you to print on this website. It will be posted as
soon as our committee determines a new reunion theme.
You can even email us at
2012 ALDERTON/MCMILLIN REUNION
GUESTS AND PARTICIPANTS ENJOY ANOTHER
CELEBRATING THE ALDERTON STORE CENTENNIAL