Reynoldsburg High School graduates are asked to converge on Huber Park for the first Alumni Day at the farmers market next Thursday.
Market manager Nadine Morse said alumni are encouraged to bring their yearbooks and memories and renew old friendships when they attend the Aug. 19 farmers market, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Now in its third year, the farmers market continues to be a place where old friends find each other, Morse said, so she decided to officially invite RHS alumni to meet at the market on a specific date.
"We have so many Reynoldsburg graduates who live in the immediate area, so we thought it would be fun to invite them to join us, especially since the Tomato Festival takes place that weekend," Morse said.
The 45th annual Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival will kick off on Friday, Aug. 20, and continue through Saturday, Aug. 21, also in Huber Park.
"We are always trying to create events that will bring people to the market, and this one just seemed like a natural fit," she said. "The market has not only become a good venue for people to buy fresh produce and healthy food products from Ohio, but it's also become a social event every week."
Mayor Brad McCloud, a 1979 RHS graduate, is scheduled to perform beginning at 5 p.m. on Alumni Day.
This marks the second time the mayor has played the market, shedding his suit and tie for more casual duds to sing and play covers of classic popular tunes.
"With so many people reconnecting through social media, we thought we would give everyone a chance to spread the word and see how many grads will join us to not only share memories, but to also support Ohio farmers," Morse said.
"There's a good chance they may even see some of their former teachers, who have been seen to frequent the market," she said.
Morse, a 1969 RHS graduate, said the market continues to grow in popularity and this year has been another good run so far.
With the addition of an Alumni Day, she said it would be nice to see people from several different years show up and share the experience.
"We have a lot of regulars coming back and I'm also seeing a lot of new faces," Morse said. "Sometimes they see each other and realize they were old high school friends.
"I've also seen a lot of Reynoldsburg graduates come to the market, and a lot of former teachers, so it just seemed like a good blending to try to have this be Alumni Day the day before the Tomato Festival begins — kind of like an unofficial lead-in to the festival," she said.
The farmers market runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 30 in Huber Park, located off Davidson Drive.
Information is available by calling Morse at (614) 322-6832 or online at the market website at www.ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us/farm_market.aspx.
The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 20, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, also in Huber Park. Further information is available from Mary Hudson at (614) 866-4888 or online at www.reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org.