Class of 1981 Reunion!
Our "40th" Springfield High School Reunion is a "GO"!
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Springfield High School Class of 1981 Reunion is happening! Save the dates for August 13-14, 2021 - we encourage all to join in on the fun!
Reunion organizers have taken into consideration that the Covid lockdown and restrictions have changed the dynamics for many fellow classmates. Therefore, they have kept all reunion gathering events affordable as well as outdoor friendly!
Activities kick off Friday, Aug. 13, at the Long Bridge Golf Course (1055 W Camp Sangamo Rd. Springfield, IL 62707) beginning at 5 p.m. to ? The Long Bridge Golf Course offers a large indoor/outdoor venue in a beautiful setting located just north of the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. There is plenty of free parking, outdoor decks, indoor seating and it offers a full bar as well as a food menu. There is no charge for admission so the night will be set up as a Cash Bar and attendees will be responsible for food items ordered.
However, we will welcome any donations for live music provided by fellow SHS alumni (Class of '83) local musician Mike Burnett! Mike has agreed not to miss out on being a memorable part of our 40th Reunion! Any and all donations for Mike and members of the Sons of Circumstance Band would be greatly appreciated!
Saturday, Aug. 14, is our day at the Illinois State Fair!
We have reserved the Illinois State Fair Director's Lawn, located just south of the IL Dept. of Natural Resources (IDNR) building through Gate 7 into the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Our Reunion will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The event is located on a beautiful shady lawn and will consist of our own large Fair tent, complete with seating, stage, and all of the great music from the late 70s and early 80s that we could ask for! Poe's Catering will be providing our food menu and a large assortment of beverages (keg beer, water, soda). Cost is $30 per person.
The $30/per/person cost for our Saturday event not only includes food and beverages at this special location, it also includes State Fair Admission and Parking!
Persons MUST RSVP with payment by July 1, to receive a Special Event Fair Pass in order to attend. We will be mailing your Reunion passes after the deadline to ensure you receive them prior to our Reunion August 13-14. Make sure you email us your contact information to: SHSClassof81Reunion@outlook.com.
Saturday Reunion attendees are asked to enter the fairgrounds at Gate 7 off Veteran's Parkway/8th Street and Taintor Road (runs counter-clockwise around the fairgrounds during the Fair). At Gate 7, you will present your Special Event ticket for entrance and will be directed to parking available close by the Director's Lawn area. You must show your tickets upon entering the fairgrounds at Gate 7 as well as at the entrance to the Director's Lawn. Please see this IL State Fair Map for location and parking details. (https://www2.illinois.gov/statefair/info/Pages/Maps.aspx)
Following our daytime SHS 40th Reunion from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday evening will be open for you to enjoy the rest of the Illinois State Fair. Sunday is also a free day for those who can linger in town or need to travel home.
Reunion organizers have set up a gofund.me page and our own email address for this event and future reunions. Donations for Mike Burnett's live music Friday, Aug. 13, can be added onto the $30 per person charge for our Saturday Reunion at the IL State Fair Director's Lawn location.
Our email link is: SHSClassof81Reunion@outlook.com. We welcome all questions and comments at this site and encourage everyone that is planning to attend to provide us your contact information (name, address, cell, email) to help us with a head count.
For those on Facebook, you can also find updates posted on the SHS Alumni Page. We will continue to bring updates as well as welcome any input for the 30th Reunion in the upcoming weeks.
We welcome the Class of '80 as well as the Class of '82 to join us during our Saturday's SHS Reunion event at the IL State Fair. Just go to our gofund.me link for your registration. Please pass along this information to anyone you keep in touch with so we can reach as many classmates as possible for a great turnout!
We look forward to seeing you this August!
SHS Class of '81
40-year Reunion Organizers
Stacy (Solomon) Bowman
Kim (Bybee) Farley
Laurette (Thomas) Waters
Chris (Hepburn) Guzzardo
Lisa (Ferry) Hills