Lincoln High School Homecoming committee member Shirley Rose says the Riverfront Pavilion will be so crowded on Friday night “you won’t hardly be able to move.”
But for Rose and other LHS alumni, that’s a good thing.
“When you see everyone hugging and shaking hands, after not seeing one another for a long time, it’s just a really cool thing,” said LHS alum Chaz Hendrix, organizer of this year's Homecoming Parade. “Homecoming is a great weekend of fellowship.”
Since its inception in 1947, Lincoln Homecoming has pretty much set the tone for such festivities in the state — and maybe even the nation.
For Rose, the reason homecoming festivities are so popular is quite simple.
“Everybody loved living here, and so they actually want to come back home,” she said. “You never forget where you grew up.”
Homecoming festivities will kickoff at 3:45 p.m. with the start of the parade. The oldest parade entrant thus far is the the Class of 1957.
Floats will take their traditional route, beginning at First and Hart streets. Floats and parade walkers will proceed down Hart Street to Fifth Street, then go west on Main Street before turning onto Second Street, eventually ending at the Riverfront Pavilion at 102 N. Second St.
At the pavilion this year's LHS Academic Society's Distinguished Alumni, Angel Lange, Class of 1969, and Dr. Adam Hill, Class of 1999, will be recognized.
After the parade the all-class mixer will commence with great revelry. Committee member Tracy Phegley says she’s never seen anything like it in any other town or city. A member of the Class of 1992, Phegley thinks “the older we get, the more important homecoming is.”
At 6:30 p.m. at George E. Inman Memorial Field, the homecoming queen will be crowned. This year’s queen candidates are Fatima Ayala, Terreze Brown, Darrian Carmean, Mia Cory, and Mary Franklin; assisted by freshman attendants Ariana Patricio and Jayden Easley.
After the crowing of the new queen, the Alices football team will kickoff against arch-rival Washington High School at 7:30 p.m. in a continuation of the state's oldest high school sports rivalry.
After the game it will be back to the Riverfront Pavilion, where classmates will celebrate and recount old times until late into the night.
Homecoming festivities will continue into Saturday, with class reunions and other events around town.
The Knox County Public Library will have an entire collection of Lincoln Log yearbooks on hand and invites alumni to come and look back at old memories. The library will also have free refreshments all day and French Creole music in the afternoon.
Though the weekend festivities specifically mark Lincoln High School’s homecoming, the Vincennes event has become so popular that it’s broken the boundaries of being tied to just one local school.
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF '54
The Lincoln High School Class of 1954 has a spot reserved on Friday at the Riverfront Pavilion, 102 N. Second St., beginning during the parade. Alumni are also invited to a dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Cafe Moonlight, 512 Main St.
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF '57
The Lincoln High School Class of 1957 will celebrate Homecoming with dinner on Friday at Gilbert's Restaurant and Pub, 1350 Willow St. Following dinner, classmates will gather at the Riverfront Pavilion, 102 N. Second St. All classmates from the Class of 1957 are invited. Several from out of town are planning to attend. For more information and reservations, contact Shirley Rose, 812-882-5162.
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF ‘64
The Lincoln High School Class of 1964 will host its 55th class reunion on Saturday with dinner at The Harmony Society, 111 N Second St. Tickets are $30 per person. The class will have lunch at 11 a.m. on Friday at Procopio’s Pizza and Pasta, 127 N. Second St. Following the lunch, the class will gather to ride in the Homecoming parade.
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF '74
The Lincoln High School Class of 1974 will host its 45th class reunion on Saturday at the Quality Inn, 602 Old Wheatland Road. The poolside reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per person and a cash bar will be available. Hot Rod Lincoln, featuring classmate Randy Dale on drums, will perform.
The class will have an entry in the Homecoming parade on Friday. Meet near First and Hart streets for the parade at 3:45 p.m. The class will also have a spot in the in the Riverfront Pavilion, 102 N. Second St., following the parade.
Reservations should be made to: Dr. Scott Hendrix, 223 Main St., Vincennes, IN 47591. Information can be sent to Hendrix or e-mail email@example.com.
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF '84
The Lincoln High School Class of 1984 will hold its 35th year reunion this Homecoming.
All classmates are invited to ride on the float in the parade on Friday; line-up will be at 2:45 on First Street. Football Game at George E. Inman Memorial Field will be at 6:30pm
There will be a table at the All Class Mixer at the Riverfront Pavilion, 102 N. Second St.
Anyone interested in playing in the Homecoming Golf Scramble should contact Sam Worland
"Class Reunion Party" on Saturday will be at Apple Hill Orchard, 6235 N. Ford Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to be served at 7 p.m. Music Buy Guys & Rosie. Bring your own beer and wine. The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Mail checks to: LHS Class of 1984, Cathy Sanders, 2549 E. Ind. 61, Vincennes, IN 47591.
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF '02
The Class of 2002 will be hosting mixer at the Adams Coliseum, 300 N. Sixth St., from 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday. The event will feature music, food, and drinks. Entry is $10.
SAINT ROSE ACADEMY
This year will be the 25th Saint Rose Academy Alumnae Reunion, to be held on Saturday.
The celebration will begin with Mass at 9 a.m. on at the Old Cathedral. Everyone in the community, all alumni of the Vincennes Catholic Schools — spouses and families — are welcome and encouraged to attend. The goal is to fill the church. Father Gary Kaiser will be the celebrant. The Central Catholic and Saint Rose Classes of 1969 are planning the liturgy. The Mass intention will be for all deceased alumni from the Vincennes Catholic Schools.
Immediately following Mass Rivet High School will be open for tours until noon.
The annual buffet luncheon will begin at noon at the Robert E. Green Activities Center, 120 W. Harrison St. Doors will be open 10 a.m. This is for “ladies only” and reservations must be paid in advance. Tables will be reserved for each class. For more information please contact Mary Ann Thacker at 812-890-2902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.