NEW PARIS — The National Trail Alumni Association sponsored a celebration for National Trail’s 50th anniversary on Saturday, June 15.
The first class graduated from National Trail Local Schools in 1969. Alumni from 1969-2019 were invited to attend the all- day celebration, which featured food and entertainment.
Fireworks were planned for the evening, and had to be canceled due to inclement weather, but there was still plenty to do throughout the day with bounce houses, miniature golf, face painting, food trucks, and various bands.
According to Alumni Association President Eric Green, the Class of 1969 had its alumni reunion on Friday, June 14, so the 50th Anniversary was planned when those alumni would be in town. This is the first celebration the Alumni Association has held for graduating classes as a whole.
“A lot of us are graduates and alumni from this school. We have a working body on the alumni association of eight members. The first alumni group started in 2010 and it has grown from there. We thought everybody had special memories from graduating from this school and the area as a whole — we thought this would be a nice way to involve the entire alumni from the school and entire community,” Green said.
“We think this is great for the entire community. We want to bring the National Trail community together, and the entire area. Fifty years for this school is a big occasion in itself, but it is also 20 years for the new building which was added on. We have a lot of things to celebrate here at National Trail. We are glad we had a lot of faces showing up, despite the wet weather, but that is not going to keep people away from celebrating this momentous occasion.”
Sponsors included: American Honey Salon, Auto Zone Eaton, Auto Zone Richmond, Steve Bruns Attorney at Law, Richmond Buffalo Wild Wings, Color Me Crazy Salon, Cracker Barrel Richmond, Bob Davis Transmissions, Eldorado Fire Department, Farmers State Bank, Freedom First Credit Union, G&G Sounds Eric Green, Colin Gatland New Paris Communicator, Gillman’s Eaton, Hairy Decisions Salon, Hawley Cobb & Co., Inc., Hometwon Propane, Tim Jones & Sons Plumbing, LCNB National Bank New Paris, Larkin Cobb Chevrolet, Learning Edventures, Lloyd & Loretta Lee, Lowman Heating & AC, McAllister’s Deli Richmond, Kelly McCarty Pathways to Positive Change, Miami Valley Plastics, Moon’s Portable Resterooms, National Trail Administration, National Trial Boosters, National Trail Education Association, National Trail School Foundation, New Madison Fire Department, New Paris Antique Mall, North Central EMS, Northwest Fire & Ambulance, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Eaton, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts Richmond, Preble County Chamber of Commerce, Prestige Entertainment Unlimited, Petry Farms Dean Petry and Brandon Monebrake, Prograde Excavation and Demolition, Red Front Inn, Red Lobster, Richmond 40 Bowl. Rodefer Farms LLC, August L. Ross III Attorney at Law, Bud Reid Garage, Skyline Chili Eaton, Subway Eaton, Swihart Family Farm, Trendsetters Salon, Ullery’s Ice Cream, Wallace Heating and Air, West Manchester Fire Department, and WIldcat Sports & Graphics.
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