Let the Boom Days Countdown Begin – What’s New?
Even though Boom Days is rolling around a little later on the calendar than usual this summer, it’s now officially one week away, running from August 7 – 9, 2015.
It’s time to firm up your plans about what you’re going to take in, who’s coming up to visit and where is everyone going to sleep. What?! They’ll be no sleeping – it’s Boom Days!
While all the standard happenings are on the schedule, Leadville Today wanted to bring to your attention to a some new happenings for the 65th year of Leadville’s premiere tribute to its mining heritage!
First “Reunion of Reunions” – Calling all Panthers!
In what hopes to become an annual gathering, the inaugural “Reunion of Reunions” will kick off over Boom Days weekend on August 7-9, 2015. In a grass-roots efforts headed by Lake County School District alumni Kelly (Bain) Tiffany and Tabitha (Fairchild) Taylor and committee members Renee (Montgomery) Griggs and Lori (Costa) Sullivan from the Class of 1985, all alumni of Lake County Schools are invited to several special reunion events on Boom Days weekend!
According to organizers, the reunion is for anyone who has ever attended Lake County schools and is being organized entirely by co-chairs Tiffany and Taylor and a small committee.
“We have come together not only to unite the Class of 1985 for their 30th reunion, but to invite all classes to come and share in the reunion spirit,” said organizer (Kelly Bain) Tiffany. Taylor and Tiffany coordinated with the school district to arrange a special tour of the newly renovated Lake County High School (LCHS).
The inaugural “Reunion of Reunions” kicks off on Friday evening, August 7 with some adult festivities: a pub crawl beginning at the Pastime Saloon and ending at the Eagles Lodge. Family activities for Friday evening include Family Fun at Leadville Aquatic Center 1000 W. 6th St. and helping decorate the “1st Annual Reunion” float for the Boom Days Parade on Saturday.
Tours of LCHS and a dinner in the school cafeteria are planned for Saturday. Dinner is $35/person for adults over age 18. Visit the “Reunion of Reunions” Facebook page to get the schedule and location for all events planned.
Tours of LCHS and a dinner in the school cafeteria are planned for Saturday. Dinner is $35/person for adults over age 18. Visit the “Reunion of Reunions” Facebook page for a complete schedule and sign-up information.
“Growing up in a small town, you usually knew kids three grades up and three grades down from you, plus little brothers and sisters of classmates, cousins, etc., so bringing all of the classes together each year at the same time is how one big happy Panther family can unite,” said Tiffany who has resided for over twenty years in the Chicago area.
On Sunday, August 9 there will be a picnic at the Ice Palace Park behind the old junior high, now the National Mining Museum and Hall of Fame’s Convention Center. All Panther family members are welcome to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and the fixings. Prices are $10 Adults/$5 for children (14 and under).
“As the years go by, we hope the Alumni Committee can connect with more classmates for future reunions. I didn’t graduate high school in Leadville and neither did Renee or Lori, but we have strong family ties and we share “Panther Pride” and the love of this town with all of you who touched our lives when we lived here,” added Taylor.
Pre-registration is a must and the deadline to sign up is fast approaching. There is an online sign-up invitation that includes details for all events: LINK.
Any Lake County School attendee including teachers, are encouraged to send their email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org for sign-up and details. Even if you cannot attend, sending your current email addresses is encouraged so that the planning committee can become more organized and aid the alumni database for future communications.
So as Leadville looks ahead to another Boom Days celebration, perhaps Taylor said it best: “Leadville tends to take hold of your heart and draws you back no matter how far you wander. I now live in the Phoenix area, so coming home each year to connect with my Panther family is an amazing opportunity. We all look forward to seeing everyone!”
Lift Lift BOOM Competition! Are You Tough Enough?
This is the inaugural Annual Olympic Weightlifting Competition, sponsored by the Leadville Lifters, Lake County High School’s weightlifting club. This competition is being promoted as an Olympic Weightlifting Open Competition to be held Boom Days weekend, on Saturday, August 8. Weight in starts at 8 am on the North Side of Lake County High School. The entry fee is $20 which includes a t-shirt.
Athletes will be competing at more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The meet is open to any and all USA Weightlifting members and clubs. Entries must be received by TOMORROW – Friday July 31, 2015. After you register please email your age, weight class, and starting weights to email@example.com.
To read the latest news about the Leadville Lifters: LINK.