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2024 Reunion Schedule

Saturday - June 29

  • Check In/Packet Pick up at Ely Sr. Center 10-2 
  • Check In/Packet Pick up at Whiteside Park from 4-8 pm
  • Rock the Park - Music in Whiteside Park: 4pm-11pm (admission included with registration)
    Band Line Up:
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Hank Thunander Polka
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Honkeytonks & Hangovers
    • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Northwoods Band
  • Food Trucks in Whiteside Park

Sunday - June 30

  • Check In/Packet Pick Up at Ely Senior Center: 10am-2pm
  • Church Services: 11am service in the park; Pastor Curt Ebert officiating
  • Pontoon Boat tours of Shagawa: 12-4pm (View Flyer) (View Signup Form)

Monday - July 1

  • Check In/Packet Pick Up at Ely Senior Center: 10am-2pm
  • Heritage Day Events at Pioneer Mine (View Flyer)
  • All Class Mixer at Miners Dry: hosted by the Ely Echo (6-11pm); The band "4 Blue Teardrops"; appetizers and cash bar

Tuesday - July 2

  • Check In/Packet Pick Up at Ely Senior Center: 10am-2pm
  • Golf Tournament at Ely Golf Course: 7am-3pm – additional cost and registration required to attend (View Flyer) Please contact Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your team.
  • Sports Hall of Fame Event: Doors open at 5pm; 7pm program. Additional cost and registration required to attend. (Register Online)

Wednesday - July 3

  • Check In/Packet Pick Up at Ely Public Schools: 9am–6pm
  • Day at School hosted by Ely Educational Foundation: 9-6pm
  • Spaghetti Feed: 11am-6pm. Additional cost for meal. 
  • Variety Show at Washington Auditorium: 7pm – Dave Anderson MC (Details & Music Orders)
  • Ely Senior Bingo 1:00 pm . Open to everyone. Kids are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is 10 cents/board .

Thursday - July 4

  • 4th of July Info (check out www.ely.mn.us/ely4thofjuly for more information)
  • 8am - Ely Track Club 4 on 4th - Run and Walk at Miner's Lake Trezona Trailhead
  • 10am - Raising of the Flag - At Ely Veterans Memorial (Miners Drive & Pioneer Road Intersection) 
  • 11am-4pm Young Life Activities & Food in Whiteside Park 
  • Flyover from the 148th Fighter Wing (Time to be Determined)
  • 1pm  Ely Famous 4th of July Parade (to sign up to be in the parade, call City Hall 218-365-3224) 
  • City of Ely Fireworks Over Miners Lake at dusk around 10pm

Friday - July 5

  • Pickleball: 9am (View Flyer)
  • Alumni Baseball Game: 6pm
  • Individual Reunions (see below)

Saturday - July 6

  • Knights of Columbus - Pancake Breakfast: St. Anthony's Catholic Church.
  • Rock the Park - Music in Whiteside Park:  4pm-11pm
    Band Line Up
    • 4-6 pm Rockabilly Revue
    • 6:30 to 8:30 Duluth and Nashville artist Rafe Carlson
    • 9:00 to 11:00 pm The Reckoning
  • Food Trucks in Whiteside Park
  • Farewell to Classmates

Class Events By Decade

Check back soon for more details. Below are special get-togethers planned. If none are listed, no one has contacted us. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your event details. 

1950 - 1959

1924-1958 Classmates gathering at Ely Sr Center (July 5th, 1pm-4pm) - Coffee, Lemonade and Treats will be served. No meal. 

Class of 1959 - 65th Anniversary Get Together
Friday July 5, 2024. 2PM - 4PM
Whiteside Park Pavilion 

1960 - 1969

1966 – July 6th starting at 4 pm Zaverls

Class of 67 get together at the Winton Roadhouse from 3:00 to 6:00 on Friday July 5th.

Class of 1968 will have a get together July 3rd 2-5 at the home of Steve Smrekar.

1970 - 1979

The class of 1970 is having a get together on Friday night the 5 th at Zaverls from 7-9

The Class of 1971 will have a Bloody Mary and Potluck Brunch on Wednesday,  July 3rd at Dea and Bob Whitten's home. 11:00 to 2:00 at 398 Maple Road. We will provide the Bloodys and a schnit...if you want something else BYO. It's Potluck but we have a good base: For the  just-got-up and made it here we will have a Fruity Breakfast Strada. For those of you who have been up since dawn, Norma and John are bringing the old favorite Sloppy Joe's, and straight from the Farm to our Table, Wade and Keri are bringing a Honey Berry Treat. Lots more promised! So even if you can't make something...come anyway..we want to see you! If it is really hot consider it practice for the parade. For those faint of heat, we do have AC inside. Please join us!

Class of 1974 – July 5th at the GEL. "50" Year Reunion // Happening - July 5th at Grand Ely Lodge.  Please contact Donna Niskala if you plan to attend. 

Classes 75, 76, 77 : Are invited to a gathering at Patty & Bryan Rusco’s place on Shagawa Lake from 2 to 6 pm on Friday July 5th. Picnic-style food will be served. BYOB and lawn chairs. This event is followed by a gathering at Zaverls at 6 pm for classes of 76 and 77.

Class of 75 – July 5th @ 6pm Kwazy Wabbitt

Class of 78 – July 6th @ Veterans on the Lake 12-4 (with Class of 1979)

Class of 1979 – 45th Reunion is on Saturday, July 6 at Veterans on the Lake from 12-4/ Dee’s Bar July 5 @ 7pm

1980 - 1989

Class of 1980 – July 5th at Samz

Class of 1981 - Light breakfast gathering at the Grand Ely Lodge, Friday July 5th from 8:30 to 10:30

Classes 81-83 meeting at Zaverls 4 pm on July 5th.

Class of 1984 - We will be having our 40th reunion, with three events. A float in the 4th of July parade. A mixer on the 5th at the Boathouse at 6:30pm upstairs. An afternoon on Burntside Lake on the 6th at 2:00pm.

Classes of 1988, 89, and 90 Get-Together at Semer's Park Friday, July 5th at 4:00. Visit the Ely, MN Class of "89" Facebook page for event details and invite.

1990 - 1999

Class of 93 - Brand Richter’s place; Friday, July 5; 5:00pm; BYOB, BYOC (chair), and potluck item if you wish.

Class of 94 – Saturday, July 6th @ 6 pm Zaverls

Class of 98 – July 3rd at Samz

Classes 1996 through 2000 - Samz Place, Wednesday July 3rd starting at 5 pm.

2000 - 2009

Class of 2001 - Friday 7/5; Happy Hour @ Northern Grounds 7-9pm; Details on the Class of 2001 Facebook page.

Class of 2006 – July 5th @ 6pm Zaverls

Class of 2008 is having a get together at the Kwazy Wabbit at 7pm, July 5th.

2010 - Present

Class of 2015 – July 6th @ 11 am Zaverls

July 4th Parade Information

Check back soon for 2024 parade information and registration form.