DHS '96 Classmates,
Can you believe it’s been 20 years already?
It’s DHS Homecoming Weekend September 23 & 24, 2016 and we hope to see everyone there!
We are keeping the weekend’s events casual and fun. Don't miss out, our 20th reunion only happens once. It will definitely be filled with memories and laughs we will never forget.
(Mobile device users: click "Read more" below to view complete event details)
Saturday, Sept. 24, reception at LaChance Vineyards, De Soto
6:30 – 11 p.m.
Attire: Dressy Casual
2 Drink Tickets Included (then cash bar) – DJ/Entertainment – Photos – Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres Buffet – Class of ’96 Memorabilia – and More...
Admission – $50 per guest
Advance ticket purchase requested
The winery has been working with us and we're grateful they have been flexible with our numbers so we don't have to turn anyone away; however, for tickets purchased after Sept. 22, attendees can complete their name tag upon arrival at the check-in table.
We have worked hard to make this an unforgettable evening for everyone and yet keep admission affordable. But we want every classmate to be able to participate and understand hard times happen to us all.
If finances make it difficult for you to participate at this time, please contact Amy (Hancock) Sommerkamp at email@example.com (all inquiries confidential) and every effort will be made to ensure you can be there.
We also have hotel blocks at two Festus hotels to offer a range of discounted rates. Rooms available Thurs., Fri., and Sat., nights but if you need additional nights discounted just let us know. See FAQs below for block details.
Click the green "REGISTER" button to purchase your reunion tickets
DHS HOMECOMING EVENTS – Friday, Sept. 23. It will be DHS Homecoming Weekend!!
Make a weekend of it and join us on Friday night, too! You won’t regret the extra time to catch up with everyone. See FAQ section below for times & details.
See FAQ section below for Friday event times and all the details!!
Throwback Homecoming Parade Ride ‘N Wave – the Class of ’96 rides again!
Class of ’96 Tailgate – a dedicated “come and go” hangout area before and during the big game! See old friends, drink and eat before and during the big game!
NOTE: Friday night DHS homecoming-related events won't require advance registration. Please click "CONTACT" link below to RSVP if you plan to participate in parade, school tours, and/or drop by the tailgate tent.
UPDATE: The weather forecast looks great at the moment, but we reserved the upstairs room of the KC Hall (on Hwy E) just in case. We would still have the potluck, food and bev there, but you'd also be able to buy drinks from their cash bar.
In any event, please check this site for any updates or announcements before you head out on Friday. Also call or text 314-662-1615 if you need to reach a committee member urgently with any questions.
***Online registration made possible thanks to a very generous donation by Class of '96 alumnus Rich Missey. Thank you, Rich!***
Many thanks to the DHS Class of '96 Organizing Committee members for all their time, effort and contributions to make this an unforgettable weekend for all. It's almost party time...we can't wait to see everyone!
Denise (Belleville) Kincaid
Amy (Hancock) Sommerkamp
LeeAnne (Henderson) Frankland
Carey (Leroux) Manley
Trish (Mullins) Sonsoucie
Robin (Propst) Warren
Theresa (Warden) Doyle
**Reunion logo designed and donated by Class of '96 alumnus Brandon Schipkowski. Thanks, Brandon!**
Are kids welcome at the reunion?
Kids are welcome at the homecoming parade and at the DHS homecoming game (both are public events). The class parade float-ride and Saturday evening's reception are adults only events.
Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the reunion?
Nope. As long as you purchased your tickets in advance and received a confirmation, no printed tickets are required. If you registered and did not receive a confirmation, please click "Contact" below and let us know.
I need somewhere to stay, are there hotels available?
Yes, we have rooms blocked at two different hotels in Festus, offering discounted rates per room night for our event (see below). When you call to reserve, just be sure to mention you are reserving under the De Soto High School '96 Class Reunion block to get the discounted rates below.
*Both hotels offer free breakfast
Standard King – $104.99 plus tax
Standard Two Queen – $104.99 plus tax
King Executive – $114.99 plus tax
Two Queen Executive – $114.99 plus tax
King Suite – $125.99 plus tax
Two Queen Suite – $125.99 plus tax
Jacuzzi King Suite – $149.99 plus tax
The Lexington Inn
(formerly the Holiday Inn where we had our prom)
1200 West Gannon Dr.
Festus, MO 63028
Double Room - $73.99 plus tax
King Room - $83.99 plus tax
If you have any questions or run into any problems making hotel reservations, please click "Contact" below to let us know.
What are the event times and details for Friday, Sept. 23 (DHS Homecoming)??
FLOAT RIDERS - Meetup approx. 2 p.m.
We will have a '96 class float! Meetup will be near Wease's parking lot near Mahn's funeral home. It's still the parade staging area (just like old times!!) around 2 p.m., parade rolls at 3 p.m.
Parade ends at DHS/Jr High, we'll start setting up tailgate food/drinkimmediately after parade.
Please come help us set up if you're free!
***Friday Attire: gameday casual, come as you are, of course!! School colors celebrated, always ;)
'96 TAILGATE TENT - drop in any time, open 5 p.m. 'til homecoming game ends
It will be come and go as you please before and during game.
Classmates and spouse/guest and immediate family only please LOL
Tailgate tent opens around 5 p.m. after parade
Pre-game show J.C. Culwell Stadium at 6 p.m.
Game (DHS vs Fredericktown) starts 7 pm. Tent will stay open 'til game ends.
:::UPDATE::: Weather forecast looks great, but we still reserved the upstairs room of the KC Hall (on Hwy E) as Plan B in case of bad weather. We would still have the potluck, food and bev there, but you'd also be able to buy drinks from their cash bar.
In any event, please check this site for any updates or announcements before you head out on Friday. Also call or text 314-662-1615 if you need to reach a committee member with any questions.
TAILGATE TENT LOCATION:
(please be sure to check this page for any last-minute updates)
'96 tailgate tent (tentatively) will be in the parking lot of the building where the DHS gym, a.k.a. "The Pit" and Senior High offices were when WE were in school (which is now the Jr. High)
It's the parking lot next to Amvets Blvd, the first school lot you come to on the LEFT just uphill from Spross Park as you're driving Amvets toward Hwy 21
Is There a Dress Code?
Dress "Code" is Dressy Casual
Come as you feel comfortable we just want to see everyone, it's only a vague guideline so folks aren't left wondering if they should wear cocktail, black tie etc (neither) LOL
Just think night out at a nice restaurant, if that helps ☺️
Most will be dancing once we've had some drinks, so comfort + dancing shoes haha