Hartsville High Alumni ready to “Go Big or Go Home”

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More than 1,000 Hartsville High alumni, friends and family spanning more than five decades are expected to descend on Hartsville’s Byerly Park for a multi-year class reunion April 16, 2016 beginning at 4:00 p.m. The event, called “Go Big or Go Home,” is the result of a small get-together gone viral, as last year 615 people invaded Hartsville for the first “Go Big, or Go Home” (GBOGH) reunion. This is the second year for the GBOGH reunion, which was held in downtown Hartsville last year. Plans are to hold GBOGH annually on the third Saturday in April.

Event organizer Scott Galloway (Hartsville High class of 1979) explained the event began as a way to bring old friends together, “We thought we’d have 30 or 40 people show up last year, but evidently we hit a nerve because over 600 attended. We’re showcasing Hartsville talent again this year, and after expenses are paid, all remaining dollars will go towards kick start funding for any HHS class organizing a reunion effort. We hope Go Big or Go Home will be the big annual party that helps create other parties.”

Headlining the event is Atlas Road Crew led by Hartsville native Taylor Nicholson, and son of Danny Nicholson ‘80. Formed in 2011 while students at USC; Atlas Road Crew’s southern rock with a touch of soul sound exploded onto the scene, drawing crowds and building fans all along the east coast. Last year the band completed a 260-city US tour, and finished the year by signing a recording contract with Madison House. This year Atlas Road Crew is returning from a six week European tour before beginning an aggressive US club and festival run.

In addition to Atlas Road Crew, GBOGH will feature a live DJ, a dance floor, and several live bands playing classic rock, blues and country music. Brooks “Shu” Shumake ‘81 and Hartsville’s own Kendall Lee Skinner, and the Master of Ceremonies is Scott Summers ‘79, who launched his radio career at WHSC in 1977. Tickets are just $10 per person. Galloway and his team plan to use the proceeds to offset the cost of the festival while also hoping to kick start additional reunion opportunities for Hartsville High School classes.

“This is more than a Hartsville High class reunion or alumni event,” said Galloway. “This is a Hartsville community reunion. If you’ve got a Hartsville connection, we hope you will join us!”

Note: no coolers are allowed at Byerly Park. Vintage will be providing adult beverages for purchase.

For more information, please visit the “Go Big or Go Home” Facebook page.

Author: Jana Pye

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