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5:25 AM Thu, Jan. 24th

Ash Fork reunion Saturday

ASH FORK – Everyone who has ever lived in Ash Fork is invited to a reunion Saturday.

The community organizes reunions periodically since the small high school doesn't host events like 20-year reunions. But you don't have to be a high school graduate to attend, just have Ash Fork roots.

"You know everybody in a small town," reunion organizer Fayrene Hume said. "It's all family."

Official state historian Marshall Trimble, who has written many songs and books about his home state, is one of those who calls Ash Fork his hometown, but didn't graduate from its school. His family moved away when he was a senior. One of his latest humor books focuses on Ash Fork.

Trimble will return for the reunion Saturday and perform during the entertainment portion of the event, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Park.

This Route 66 community in northern Yavapai County, with a history based on the railroad and flagstone quarry industries, first acquired a high school in 1929.

Two of the five 1929 graduates are alive and plan to attend, Raymond Schwanbeck and Donald Cox. Both live in the Phoenix area now.

The community sponsored its first reunion in 1976, followed by reunions in 1982 and 1996, so Saturday's affair is a rare one.

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. at the high school gym. Everyone will get a name tag and can reminisce at the "memorabilia lore," walls of historic photos and stories.

Then comes a parade at 11 a.m., where everyone can jump on the hay wagons.

Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. at the American Legion.

Story telling, picking, singing and dancing follows at Centennial Park.

Then the community will bury a time capsule at 3 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring something small to put in the time capsule, which will be opened in 25 years.

Following an afternoon break, people will gather at the Ash Fork museum (the historic state highway department building) next to the Ash Fork Inn Motel for music by Eddie and the Music Millers.

Everyone is invited to bring family and friends along, Hume said.

It will be a day to have fun, reminisce about the old days and share stories about the new.