Jam-packed Labor Day weekend Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 for Burlington's Alumni Reunion

Friday night food and fun in the park, and Glow Fun Run


August 22, 2018

Yvonne Miller

Oklahoma's U.S. Sen. James Lankford plans to give the message at Burlington's Community Praise and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. the Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend in the school auditorium.

The Burlington Elks plan to celebrate the years of friendships and memories made at Burlington High School with an all-school reunion Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2.

A highlight of the weekend is certain to be the Community Praise and Worship Service at 10:30 Sunday morning in the school auditorium. Oklahoma's U.S. Sen. James Lankford will take on his familiar role as pastor and give the message.

Prior to Lankford's time in Congress, from 1995 to 2009 he served as director of student ministry at the Baptist Convention of Oklahoma. He was also director of the Falls Creek Youth Camp, known as the largest youth camp in the U.S., attended by some 51,000 individuals each summer.

Lankford's personal faith and belief in local decision-making and opportunity for every person, regardless of their background, are his core values.

Lankford is visiting Burlington at the request of Oklahoma Sen. Roland Pederson, who is a 1968 graduate of Burlington High School. His class is celebrating their 50th reunion this year.

"Our class of '68 is turning 68 (years old) this year," Pederson said. "When I told James about our 50th celebration, he said we could all celebrate because he turned 50 this year also."

"I have had the opportunity to hear James preach. He is inspirational, encouraging and challenging. It will not be political. He will make you glad he is representing our Christian values in the nation's capitol," Pederson said.

Lankford served four years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was then elected to the U.S. Senate to complete an unexpired term on Nov. 4, 2014, and re-elected to a full six-year senate term in November 2016.

Lankford and his wife, Cindy, reside in Edmond. Married 25 years, the couple has two daughters: Hannah and Jordan.

Reunion Action in Burlington Friday Night and Saturday

Families are invited to Burlington Park Friday evening where the Lion's Club will serve a free meal of pulled pork, brauts and hot dogs beginning at 7. The Wheathearts will provide cups of homemade ice cream for a small fee and there will be fun family activities.

At 8 p.m., the Glow Fun Run around Burlington begins. Whether you run or walk the 1.5 miles around town, you can enjoy visiting with old friends. Prizes will be given. Check-in is Friday at Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.

Saturday morning the town will be buzzin' with preparations for the Lion's Club-sponsored parade that starts at 10 a.m. Line-up is at 9:15 a.m.

At noon alumni basketball games start in the gym. As a fundraiser, lunch is available in the cafeteria.

Saturday evening the all-school banquet with entertainment starts in the Little Gym at 6:30 p.m. This is a catered meal by the Farmer's Table. Tickets available.

To ask questions about the weekend, email [email protected] or contact any committee members: Clint and Carrie (Morgan) Dotson, 580-431-2248; Robert Hill, 580-431-2232; Steve Clark, 580-474-2520; or Josh and Jessica (Cass) Allen, 580-474-2239.

You may contact any of those numbers above if you wish to donate to the Burlington Alumni Association or


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