Rattlers return to Tucumcari

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Correspondent

Tucumcari’s population has swelled by hundreds as the city celebrates the 39th annual Rattler Reunion this weekend.

About 100 Tucumcari High graduates attended a Thursday night mixer, warming up for the weekend, said Norma Jean Crellin, a 1948 THS grad and president of the Tucumcari Alumini Association.

Crellin said she’s expecting ex-Rattlers to be traveling in from California to Florida.

Fred Quintana, a 1989 THS graduate, lives in Oakland, Calif., now and works for Google. He said he’d attended his 10th and now his 20th class reunions.

“It’s good to see old friends,” Quintana said.

Todd White (1980 THS grad) lives in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., now.

“I come every year,” White said.

A lot of the Rattlers keep in touch all year through e-mail or social networking Web sites Facebook or MySpace, said Donna Garcia of the class of 1989.

This year’s host class is the class of 1979, with the theme “Happy Days on Route 66.”

Terry Bullard Band will be tonight’s featured entertainment, beginning at 9 p.m., said Linda Donwerth.

A banquet on Saturday night begins at 7 p.m. Entertainment includes Western cowboy swing sounds of Syd Masters & the Swing Riders.

Here’s the weekend schedule:

Friday
9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Registration, Tucumcari Convention Center. Cost is $35 per person (includes banquet, dance, newspaper)
2 p.m.: Golf, Tucumcari Municipal Golf Course. Sign up with golf pro at 461-1849
5:30 p.m.: Social at Tucumcari Convention Center. Cash bar.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Dinner, Tucumcari Convention Center. Catered. Pay at the door. Cash bar.
9 p.m. to midnight: Dance with the Terry Bullard Band, Tucumcari Convention Center. Guitarist is Darrell Massey of THS class of 1979. Admission by registration badge. Cash bar. Visit in Rattler Den or Patio

Saturday
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Mesa Cafeteria, 901 S. Fifth St.
9 a.m.: Parade of classes. Gather at 8:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. to noon: Registration continues, Tucumcari Convention Center. Must purchase badge by noon to attend evening events.
10:30 a.m. to noon: Class pictures, Tucumcari Convention Center.
Noon: Class luncheon. Locations TBA
Noon: Golden Rattler Luncheon, Rattler Den. Purchase tickets by Friday noon from host class of 1954. Catered.
6:30 p.m.: Social, Tucumcari Convention Center. Cash bar.
7 p.m.: Banquet with entertainment, Tucumcari Convention Center. Admission by registration badge. Cash bar.

Each THS class may have other scheduled events. Check with a class member or at the registration table to learn about those events.