Fab 50s! Picture Gallery

We truly had a fabulous time! Thanks to Ward Brimmer for creating the idea and a
committee that brought it to fruition over the past year and a half. Secret crushes
were revealed, first kisses, and heartrending breakups - through much laughter
many decades later! We bonded.

Pictures of the Fab 50s Reunion can be viewed here.

To find pictures of the events, click on the left navigation arrow pointing to the
right to open the menu for each event. If you want a picture for your personal
or website use, right click on the picture, then choose copy or save image.

Andrew Potter (Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce) shared his video of the
weekend events. Watch the video! Many thanks to Andrew who was our guide
to all things Marshalltown.

We rode in new school buses as part of the parade. 

Mayor Joel Greer proclaimed September 24-26 Fabulous 50's Weekend.

Enjoy the Fabulous Fifties Reunion Booklet here.

Thank you Andrew Potter for the very nice follow-up piece on the Fab 50s in the Times-Republican newspaper. 

Fabulous 50s reunion was simply fabulous


Photo courtesy of Andrew Potter Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer read a proclamation to the Fabulous 50s group at their opening dinner on September 24 at Midnight Ballroom.

What do you do when more than 100 Marshalltown graduates from the Classes of 1950 to 1959 come back to Marshalltown?

Well, you have a grand old time.

It was my honor to help welcome back this group dubbed The Fabulous 50s during the weekend of September 24-26.

They were here to have fun, reconnect and celebrate all things Marshalltown. Many stayed up way later than I did and yet still had copious amounts of energy for the weekend.

As Chamber Tourism Director, I work with many groups coming to town, but I devoted some extra time for this group as we had people coming from across the country who needed to get connected to resources locally.

A small committee of us from several different states attended many Zoom meetings leading up to the event as planning was essential.

All in all the weekend was a success from the taco bar opener at Midnight Ballroom to the Saturday night event at Elmwood Country Club.

Oh, by the way, yes that was the group you spotted riding in two Marshalltown school buses in the Oktemberfest parade. And, let’s not forget the delivery of Taylor’s Maid-Rite sandwiches and malts from none other than Sandy Taylor Short, a Fabulous 50s participant herself. Talk about a lunch that was signature Marshalltown!

And it gets no better than Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer reading a proclamation at the opening dinner signifying that it was officially Fabulous 50s weekend in town. A story about the weekend even graced the front page of the Times-Republican.

Many visitors commented to me that they admired the people of Marshalltown for their resilience through a couple of natural disasters in recent years.

“Things are being rebuilt, there’s a vibrancy to the town,” said Bob Norris, Class of 1956, when he was interviewed live on the radio by Kyle Martin as part of Man on the Street on KFJB-AM.

Thanks to the leader of the committee, Ward Brimmer, who came up with the idea to have a celebration of a decade of Bobcat alumni. What a success it was as people arrived from California, Massachusetts, Idaho, Colorado and several other states.

I know I made some great friendships that I will cherish and, boy, I want to have as much fun as they do when I grow up one day.


Andrew Potter is the Tourism Director for the

Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce.