As one of the smaller communities in East County, Knightsen is sometimes overlooked when it comes to hosting events.
Lauren Huffmaster hopes to change that. On Friday, August 9, Knightsen will host an alumni event, and Huffmaster has invited the whole community to come out for it. Huffmaster lives in Oakley but her children attend school in the small community.
“We are having ‘We Are Community: A Knightsen Event,’ and it will have an old time, homecoming kind of feel,” Huffmaster said. “The community is invited to come together and spend time together.”
She added that though the town might not look like much on the drive through, its roots run far and deep.
“There is a huge community, families that have been here for years, so that’s why I am putting on this event,” she explained. “This a chance for all of us to come together and recognize the history of Knightsen, and all funds raised will go back to the school district.”
Originally from Nashville, Huffmaster said she grew up attending this kind of event and wanted to bring her favorite part of small-town America to her new hometown, especially as new homes and shopping centers eat up the orchards and pastures.
The school is gearing up for a big alumni celebration next year, when the class of 1990 will all come home to open a 30-year time capsule. This August’s event will hopefully be the first of many like it, as multiple classes come out to remember the past and look toward the future. Knightsen School District Superintendent, Harvey Yurkovich, said he was happy to offer up the school’s campus to host the event. As a member of the class of 1988, he will be attending himself.
“This celebrates our culture and traditions,” Yurkovich said. “Throughout the years, we’ve had things in the community that have since gone. We used to do a car show that brought people together, and a holiday parade — those (aren’t happening now) and we just need to bring the community together.”
So far, Huffmaster has collected RSVPs from students who graduated as far back as 1952. Current and retired teachers will also be in attendance.
The event will be held at Knightsen Elementary School, 1923 Delta Road in Knightsen on August 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening will kick off with a barbecue competition and includes a car show and fun and games for the whole family. Admission will be free, and dinner tickets and registration are available online at http://bit.ly/thepress_knightsenevent or at the door.