COFFEYVILLE — The Field Kindley High School class of 1965 is hosting “Celebrate Coffeyville” with the backing of the City of Coffeyville and the Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 14-15.
The event will celebrate the people, history and landmarks of Coffeyville and all of Coffeyville is invited, especially former graduates of Field Kindley High School. The main events will be a tailgate party at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, Sept. 14 for the FKHS football game with Iola, an old fashion picnic in Walter Johnson Park on Saturday afternoon followed by dinner at Lanning’s downtown.
Local non-profit organizations will have burgers, hot dogs and barbeque available for purchase at the tailgate party for those who don’t bring their own food. The stadium concession stand will also be open.
The Coffeyville Community College Alumni Center will be available on Friday as a gathering place for registration and socializing before the game, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and after the game. Test your memory and see if you can recognize old classmates. Share your favorite school memories and see how many of your classmates recognize you.
Attendees can meet again at the Alumni Center on Saturday morning before heading out to shop Coffeyville, visit the Dalton Defenders Museum, the Brown Mansion, the Aviation Heritage Museum at Pfister Park and go to the Midland Theatre for a guided tour with Mr. Kenneth Burchinal from 10:30 a.m. until noon where renovations are underway to restore the theatre to its former glory.
At Walter Johnson Park, a picnic under the trees will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Come to the registration gazebo under the trees opposite the City Recreation Building where each class represented will be given a sign indicating their graduation year. Special recognition will be given to the youngest and the oldest class representative.
You won’t leave the park hungry because food and drink will be available from area non-profit organizations for those who don’t bring their own coolers and grills. Activities for all ages are still in the planning stages but the Patriot Guard motorcycles will be there along with a display of antique and classic cars. If you have a tricked-out motorcycle or classic car you would like to share with everyone, please feel free to bring it to the Park for all to enjoy!
Andy Taylor, editor of the Montgomery County Chronicle, will provide the free tour at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15 in front of the Perkins Building at the Downtown Plaza. The tour will last for about 30 minutes. Taylor’s tour will give a footstep-by-footstep look at the Dalton gang’s attempt at robbing two Coffeyville banks simultaneously on Oct. 5, 1892, and the tour will also show where the Coffeyville citizens stood as they attempted to quell the gang’s dual robberies.
At 6:30 p.m., socializing and dinner begins at Lanning’s downtown restaurant.
Any local organization is welcome to come to the park and set up a table, booth, cabana or gazebo to publicize their mission, which might include churches, Relay for Life Teams, or any non-profit group. There is no charge to set up your booth. This is an event for anyone who needs an excuse to catch up with old friends or just get away for the weekend.
For additional information or to reserve a space for your group, contact Jo Lynn (Owen) Falkner at (620) 251-2609.