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Sixty-fifth Plainfield Community Homecoming Parade is Oct. 1

PLAINFIELD – The 65th Annual Plainfield Community Homecoming Parade, celebrating “Classic Rock & Roll” will step off at 9 a.m. Oct. 1.

The parade, which is one of the biggest in the state with about 110 registered entries, will come through downtown Plainfield led by this year’s Grand Marshals, Pauline and Mike Herbst.

Pauline Herbst retired this June after 19 years as a secretary at Plainfield High School – Central Campus. Among her numerous duties, she oversaw the homecoming parade for many years.

Mike Herbst retired from International Harvester after 40 years and now works part-time for BCK in Shorewood and Manheim Auto Auction in Bolingbrook. They have been married for 45 years and have three children and two grandchildren.

Both have been active supporters and volunteers for PHSCC and various community organizations for over 40 years.

Then-District 202 Superintendent of Schools Walter Niehus started the homecoming parade in 1952 to celebrate Plainfield High School’s homecoming week. It has grown over the years into a community event bringing the whole town together.

The Community Homecoming Parade features all four District 202 high schools and all seven middle schools, most of the 17 elementary schools, the Bonnie McBeth Learning Center and Plainfield Academy.

After the parade, all PHSCC alumni and friends are invited to attend the PHS Alumni Tea in the PHSCC Main Cafeteria immediately following the parade.

The Class of 1966 will be honored along with PHS Hall of Fame inductees Alumni Athlete, Chris Smith (wrestler), and PHS Coaches Al Pagnusat (former girls track coach) and Bill Conrad (former boys and girls tennis coach).

Then, the varsity football team will take on the Joliet West Tigers at 1 p.m. in the PHSCC Wildcat Stadium.

Several class reunions will also be held during Homecoming weekend, including the third annual All Class Reunion. The All Class Reunion was started for those alums that were not attending a milestone reunion that year.

This year’s event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Plainfield American Legion Hall, 24741 W Renwick Road, Plainfield. Mary and the Troublemakers will supply the entertainment and pizza will be served. There will be a cash bar and $10 admission will be charged at the door. All alumni and friends of homecoming are welcome.

For more information about this year’s Community Homecoming Parade or to nominate a Grand Marshal for the 66th annual Community Homecoming Parade next year, contact the PHS Alumni Association at or Ingrid Andreasen Price at 815-436-7300.

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