1968 - 50th Reunion

Saturday, August 4

5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. 

Social 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Dinner 6:30 p.m.


Class Group Picture at 8:00 PM

Receive Picture at Reunion 


Holiday Inn and Suites 

Jordan Creek West Des Moines

6075 Mills Civics Pkwy

West Des Moines, IA 50266


Reunion Overview

Join fellow classmates, spouses and guests for a weekend of hometown fun and special activities.

Thursday, August 2, Evening.  Kick off the Reunion Weekend by attending the Valley Junction Farmers Market 4:00 PM-8:30 PM on 5th Street.     Connect with fellow alums at the “Music in the Junction” event located on the south end of 5th Street.

Friday, August 3, Afternoon.  Bike Ride around the city of Des Moines--Principal Riverwalk, East Village, Gray’s Lake Area, Downtown Area, PappaJohn Sculpture Park-- and see many new sites in the city. Bring your own bike if you’d like.  Bikes and helmets are available for rent from bike sites located throughout the downtown area.  Reservations are necessary.

Friday, August 3, Evening.  Attend our Meet and Greet Night from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM at Villagios Italian Restaurant and Bar (air conditioned/outdoor patio) located at  2675 100th Street Urbandale, IA 50322. No reservation necessary. 

Saturday, August 4, Morning.  Tour of Valley High School 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM.  See the many new sections of our high school. Tour led by new Valley Principal, David Maxwell. Meet on northside of building at Main Entrance


Saturday, August 4


Holiday Inn and Suites 

Jordan Creek West Des Moines

6075 Mills Civics Pkwy

West Des Moines, IA 50266

Social:  5:30 PM-6:30 PM Cash Bar  Buffet dinner:  6:30 PM-7:30 PM

• Main Entrees include Chicken and  Pork Tenderloin

Class Photo

By:  Stover Photography

Class Picture at 8:00 PM

Printed on site and available for purchase and delivery at our event.   

Prices: • Class Photo 8x10-$20;

• Elementary Groups-$15 

• Candids-$20

         If unable to attend and you’d like a class picture, send $20 plus $3 for mailing to:

Stover Photography

PO Box 292; Norwalk, IA 50211

Guests for the Evening

Former Teachers:  

• Bill Coldiron, PE 
• Mary Kay France, Business 
• Jerry Kinney, Band

Iowa State Fair Information

While in town for the Reunion, stay for the next week and check out the Iowa State Fair.  The fair begins Thursday, August 9.

If you haven’t been to the fair for a few years, you will see a lot of new changes and improvements. Enjoy lots of free entertainment, exhibits, and over 50 different fair foods on a stick.  

Grandstand Tickets are available on line if you want to take in a show while in Des Moines. 

Website: http://www.iowastatefair.org/entertainment/grandstand/ Here are the shows that are available so far:

August 8—State Fair Parade 6:00 PM

August 9—Casting Crows

August 10—Reba McEntire

August 12—Old Dominion

August 14—Jim Gaffigan

August 16—Earth, Wind, and  Fire

August 17—Sugarland

August 19—Florida Georgia Line


Holiday Inn and Suites 

Jordan Creek West Des Moines

6075 Mills Civics Pkwy

Phone: 515-309-3900

King/Double Room Rate $159 a night

Special Rate Available until July 6; After July 6 rate is $219 a night


Mail your check by

July 15th to:

Bev Barr McKnight

314 NE Ninth St.

Ankeny, Iowa 50021

Make Checks Payable to:

VHS Class of ‘68


Pay Electronically

By July 15th

Find Zelle in the mobile banking app of Zelle partners (i.e. Wells Fargo, US Bank, Bank of America and others). If you already have your banking app on your phone, there's no download necessary. If your bank or credit union doesn't offer Zelle yet, just download the Zelle app to get started

Once you enroll, all you need to send money with Zelle is the preferred email address for our reunion:

Use this email:  


Transfer money to the following account name:

50th Reunion

   If paying by Zelle, please send attendee info and updates of info to Gail at soesbega@hotmail.com


Please Enclose with Payment mailed to Bev Barr McKnight

Name (Please print)__________________________________________________________________________________

Number of Persons Attending at $50 per person ____

Amount Enclosed________

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_____Yes, I am interested in the August 3rd, Friday afternoon, Bike Ride in downtown Des Moines.  I will email Jim Lanning at jimlanning@gmail.com or mail this flyer to Bev Barr McKnight.