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Sherwood Alumni Reunion Story

Sherwood Alumni Reunion Story

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The small town of Sherwood, North Dakota came together this weekend for it's first all-school reunion since 1999.

Emily Medalen takes us to Sherwood for the story.

Sherwood, North Dakota - population 300 - nearly tripled in size this weekend for the coming together of all high school graduates from the small town.

To kick off the weekend, a cookout was held with a street dance to follow Friday night.

The rest of the weekend consisted of a parade down main street, golf tournament, rodeo, and lots of other activities for alumni.

The chairperson for the event says that having this much going on in Sherwood is what she loves the most about the big gathering.

(Ruth Stanley, Chairperson for Sherwood Reunion) "We love it. It's a small town and we don't get this much activity usually, so bringing 500, 600 people to town is just wonderful. It just brings life to town."

The earliest graduating class to attend this years reunion was 1940, when times were much different than they are now.

Mary Ann McAlister, who graduated in 1949 says that its unbelievable to see how the more recent graduates have such different routines than she did while going to Sherwood High.

(Mary Ann McAlister, Sherwood Graduate of 1949) "I laugh, everybody's got telephones, blah blah blah, and we didn't have telephones, if you wanted to talk to somebody you went to their house!"

Although there are many differences, she says, there is so much that hasn't changed.

For example, the big bonfire held after every homecoming dance is still a tradition today.

Bringing over 500 people in makes it a full house for residents of Sherwood, but most of them say that coming home brings back some of the best years of their lives, and they wouldn't change a thing.

(Mary Ann McAlister, Sherwood Graduate of 1949) "It's nice to come home. Just seeing everyone..I have lots of fond memories. It was a good place and a good time to grow up."

In Sherwood, Emily Medalen, KX News.

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