E-T Staff Report

More than 400 guests are expected to attend the two-day Huckabay Homecoming event this weekend at the Huckabay tabernacle.

Everyone is invited, and there is usually a great mix of former and current students, community members - or people just hoping to find someone they once knew.

Saturday’s events begin at 10 a.m. with a cemetery working. Cemetery association president Louise Wooley hopes to see a large number of people there to help.

At 6 p.m., the Huckabay Volunteer Fire Department will host an ice cream social, and the homecoming association will start their silent auction. Entertainment starts at 7, with recognition of the HHS classes of 1949, 1959 and 1969, followed by music by Willie and Brenda Fulfer and “old time” trivia with Joyce Whitis.

While the mesquite-smoked barbecue comes off the grills, guests will arrive for the Sunday 11 a.m. service. The popular “Footsteps” will provide the morning’s music, and the guest speaker is David Glen Haley (HHS ‘66).

At noon, fire department volunteers will serve barbecue. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert. Donations are requested to fund the meat and homecoming expenses.

Celebrated since the 1930s to honor Charlie Hale’s Huckabay Academy, the event has remained a summer fixture in the tight-knit community. Outgoing president Nancy (Smith) Vandergriff and incoming president A.B. “Bunny” Owen, hope guests will stay for the business meeting that follows lunch. Officers for the upcoming year and tabernacle upkeep are on the agenda.