The city of Lamesa is planning a record breaking celebration, in honor of its 100th birthday. The big party will include a Jubilee celebration, a record high school reunion and some big name entertainment.
"Well this year's pretty special because it's the 100th year anniversary of Lamesa ISD, of course the community is 100 years old," explains Keith Bryant, Lamesa ISD Superintendent and Lamesa High School grad.
It's a milestone that will be celebrated by breaking records and bringing big name stars. "Clay Walker is coming to Lamesa, Texas to perform on our football field in Tor stadium," says Lisa Telchik, Chairperson, class of 1987. Besides filling the Golden Tornado Stadium with up to 10,000 for the Clay Walker concert organizers are also hoping to attract another famous face.
"We're trying to get Oprah Winfrey to cover Lamesa, Texas. She has a segment this year, Oprah and your small town," explains Shelly Mann, events coordinator, class of 1990.
The town is sending in footage of a recreation of Lamesa traditions but even if Oprah doesn't pay a visit to the town one record will be broken. "We're hoping to set the Guinness Book of World Records," says Mann, class of 1990. It's a record for the largest high school reunion. The last record was set was in Germany for 2,500 also a centennial class reunion; yet it's a record Lamesa Jubilee has already broken. "At Lamesa's 2000 Jubilee we broke that record with 4,500 but we didn't have any documentation of it," explains Mann.
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This year they're expecting well over 5,000 Lamesa High School Alumni making it a centennial to remember. "Since the school's 100 and having a reunion at the time is going to be special to look back at all the past successes of Lamesa ISD," says Bryant.
The Centennial Jubilee is scheduled for July 1st-3rd. For more information (click here).
By the way, NewsChannel 11's very own Suleika Acosta will also be there, as she is a 2000 graduate of Lamesa High School.