October Fun Fest to Celebrate 50th Reunion of WHHS Ebony Class of ’71
by James Coulter
The Winter Haven High School Ebony Class of 1971 will be celebrating their 50th reunion with their upcoming October Fall Festival. The outdoor event will be open to the public, and allow attendees of all ages to enjoy fun, games, and other activities, as well as become informed about public services.
October Fun Fest will be co-hosted by Madison’s Party Rentals. Amenities include arts and crafts vendors, live music, food trucks, hair cuts, nail artists, chair massages, and demonstrations by police, fire, rescue, and crime prevention.
“It is giving the community resources that it might not be aware of, so we can educate and give them new experience and ideas in the community,” said Deborah Bell, one of the class members organizing the event.
This inagural fall festival is being hosted by the Ebony Class of 1971 from Winter Haven High School to celebrate their 50th graduation reunion. They wanted to do something for the community to commemorate the occasion.
“We decided to do something in the community so everyone can take part,” said Shirley Dewdney, event coordinator. “Our event is for everyone to participate. It is basically a family affair so no one is excluded.”
Proceeds from the event will go towards the Jewett Alumni Scholarship Fund. Last year, the scholarship fund conferred scholarships totaling more than $22 thousand, said Beverly Faniel, another class member on the steering committee for the upcoming event.
“That is what we do,” she said. “So we are giving back to the community as part of our 50th year celebration.”
Assisting with the event will be volunteers from the Police Athletic Leauge, Polk State University as well as a few other public organizations. Over the past few weeks, the class has been organizing the event, and next weekend will see their hard work come to fruition.
“So we came together united and we have been meeting and going through and we are a week away from our big day,” Dewdney said. “We expect the community to show up, we expect them to come forth. We advertise with flyers everywhere. We are doing everything within the scope to get the word out to the people.”
The October Fun Fest will be hosted Sat. Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will be hosted at Lake Maude Park, located at 1751 7th Street NE. The main entrance will be on Avenue O. Admission is $1 per person, with free admission for ages 3 and under.