Pomeroy celebrates classic cars, classic friends

POMEROY – The Pomeroy All-Homecoming celebration brought out the classics Saturday, everything from classic cars to classic high school friends.

The day of reminiscing and reconnecting with family and friends was organized as a summertime community celebration as much as it was a reunion for the former students of the consolidated Pomeroy High School. The children and teens from Pomeroy currently attend the Pocahontas Area Community Schools.

With events planned including a parade, car show and lawn mower poker runs, homecoming began with the Pomeroy Volunteer Fire Department’s first-ever pancake breakfast at the community center where the alumni and general citizens were able to share a plate of flapjacks.

“It’s going pretty well,” said Kelly Bauchman, a member of the department. “It’s nice. This brings the alumni back and it draws people into town.”

Sitting in the midst of a round of light laughter and “remember when” comments at the breakfast was Ruth Lenz Mayhew from Del Monte, Texas. She graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1962 and last returned to her hometown two years ago for her 50th class reunion.

“It’s changed a lot,” she said. “It’s suffered some and it’s not what it used to be. The people are the same, though, if you recognize them and figure out who they are. They’re great and make you feel like you never left.”

Shouts of recognition from those people could be heard as the parade of floats carrying members of graduating classes that ranged from 1987 to 1957 slowly made their way through town.

Filling the streets nearly as full as the parade were the entries in the second annual Show ‘N Shine. The vehicle show was open to not only cars of all years, but anything with wheels. Parked in the lineup were models that included a 1962 Bel Air Wagon, a 1920 Model T, a 1959 Chevy Camaro, motorcycles, bicycles and even a child’s pink plastic princess car. Taking a place of importance, however, was a red 1972 SS Chevelle that belonged to Nick Holtrapp, the man in whose memory the show was staged.

“He loved his car and we thought this was a great way to honor him,” said Madison Holtrapp, his widow.

A Pomeroy native, car enthusiast and auto body repair technician, Nick Holtrapp died in a car accident in September 2012. He was 29 at the time. His family has since established a memorial scholarship fund in his name for graduating high school seniors. They first held the Show ‘N Shine last year and drew 68 vehicles to the event.