50th Reunion, August 9-12 2018

The Ames High School Class of 1968 will be hosting a 50th reunion scheduled from August 9 to 12, 2018. Scroll down to see the reunion schedule, links to photos from the 45th reunion, biographies and how to order reunion T-shirts.

Schedule of reunion events

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Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:00pm Social drop-in evening event.

Torrent Brewing Co, 504 Burnett Avenue. (formerly Mathiason Ford). This will be a casual gathering with food and beverages available for purchase. With the start of the Iowa State Fair, some of you may choose to arrive early and visit the fair before the reunion begins Also, the Ames Historical Society is featuring an exhibit about Ames High - "Ames Hi Aiming High Through the Years". They are extending this display so our class can experience it. Check out their website for details.

Friday, August 10, 2018
10:00am - 11:30am OR 1:00pm - 2:30pm  Bus tours of Ames with guide.

Kathy Svec and Beth Buchele from the Ames Historical Society will narrate these tours, which depart from Ames High. The tours are identical, and you will be amazed at the changes in Ames!

3:00pm - 8:00pm Picnic at Brookside Park.

Bring your own picnic lunch. Bottled water available at the park. We’ll be at the Maple Shelter at the south end of Brookside. Alcohol is allowed in Ames parks, but no kegs!

Saturday, August 11, 2018
10:00am Tour of Ames High School

Led by Mr. Ripp. In April, city residents will be asked to vote on remodeling ($85 million/5 years), building a new facility ($95 million/3 years) or doing nothing.

11:00am - 5:00pm Family fun at Ada Hayden Park

(The old gravel pits in north Ames) – Jax Mercantile will have kayaks, canoes and paddle boats available to rent.

1:00pm - 4:00pm Creative Expo

A hugely popular idea we copied from the class of ‘66. You are invited to share your passion - anything from a performance to a hobby or craft. (Examples: singing, poetry, quilting, woodworking, traveling, collections, etc.) The showcase will be in the First United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 6th and Kellogg. Set up for participants starts at 11:00. The doors will be open to everyone from 1:00 - 4:00. We will post a schedule of specific performance times once registration is complete Questions: call Susan Bunce Fraser, 515 233 1814, or Nancy Landon Hemphill 515-290-3696 .

5:00pm - midnight Main event

Our banquet will be at a magical place on the Boone/Story county line called the Farmer’s Daughter. There will be good food, music from the 50’s and 60’s, a remembrance of lost classmates and a short program. Handicapped parking will be available if needed.

5:00p Happy hour

Wings with various sauces. shrimp cocktail, cheese/crackers, veggies/dip; cash bars.

6:00p Class picture
6:30p Dinner

Beef brisket, grilled chicken, baked beans, Iowa sweet corn on the cob, "Broiler" potatoes, garden salad and fresh fruit. Program and lovely desserts to follow, including s'mores by the fire pit.

Sunday, August 12, 2018
10:00a Farewell brunch

To be held at the Cornucopia (formerly the Broiler), buffet style. 6008 Lincolnway, west Ames.

Register for the Reunion.

Download registration form to register for the reunion and, if you like, order a Reunion T-shirt. Instructions are on the form. The deadline to register is June 15.

Photos from the 45th Ames High School class of 1968 reunion
AHS Class of 1968 reunion meet and greet
AHS Class of '68 reunion tour of Ames High
AHS Clas of 1968 picnic at Innis Grove Park
Reunion group photos
See or submit your biography

You are encouraged to submit a summary of what you’ve been doing for the last 50 years. See the bios which have been submitted. This site will remain open even after the reunion so you can access these bios.

Some things to consider including: name, spouse, children and grandchildren, education after AHS, career/s, military service, volunteer efforts, hobbies, travels, retirement plans. You may also want to share high school memories or reflections of growing up in Ames, And lastly, consider including some of your bucket list items. Nothing will be edited, so what you submit is what will appear.

How to submit your biography.

Email your biography in digital form either as a Word file attached to an email or as text content within an email. Nothing will be edited, so what you submit is what will appear.

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The shirts will be black with orange graphics. They are a good quality cotton-poly blend and will cost $10.00 each. Please indicate number of shirts you’re ordering and size (S,M,L, XL, XXL).

Order T-shirts using the registration form which can be downloaded as a PDF.