Ultimate 80s Throwback Party

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My entire 20s were spent in the 80s. What a glorious and innocent decade. It is comical that the fashions from that era are making a comeback. The 80s have been called “the time that fashion forgot.” The 80s were a decade when many of the fashion trends that people love to hate were created.

Acid-washed jeans, ginormous shoulder pads, bright neon geometric track suits, highwaisted jeans, big sprayed hair, mullets, velour, spandex, leg warmers, parachute pants, enormous jewelry, bold make-up and lots of all of it worn simultaneously.

Influences of the 80s were MTV, music videos, Dynasty, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, Madonna and movies such as Flash Dance and Valley Girl. But primarily, it was the music that influenced this generation.

The Ultimate 80s Throwback Party in the Park is bringing back the 80s with a free concert at the Pleasanton River Park, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. with hometown favorite 86’D and The Texas Tone Rangers which both feature musicians who graduated from Pleasanton High School will bring the best of 80s music. But these bands are the real deal with big rocker sounds and talent of your favorite 80s bands. This free event is for the whole family with food trucks, face painting, merchandise vendors, music, 80s costume contest and more.

The evening event includes a raffle for a wonderful cause benefitting the Larry Brown Scholarship Fund and educational experiences for PISD’s special needs students. Winners of the raffle win a 2003 4×4 Dodge Dakota customized by Nelson’s Truck & Tire and a 2017 Ez-Go S6 sixseat, gasoline, beach golf cart. Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the event as well as at the Pleasanton Express, Country Girl Designs, Shifter’s American Grill and JM Connected Auto Sales.

Entry fee for the cornhole tournament at 6 p.m. is $20 per team (two players per team) and there’s a 100% payout for 1st and 2nd prizes. For entry, contact Pleasanton Civic Center 830-569-5904 or enter via the Scoreholio App.

Huge thank you to the following sponsors City of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, Pleasanton Express, PHS Class of 81, PHS Class of 85, PHS Class of 86, PHS Class of 87, PHS Class of 88, Country Girl Designs, Temper Service, Shiloh, Nelson Truck & Tire, Green Era Solar, ABC Storage, Dairy Queen, Hurley Funeral Home, MP Plumbing, Sotello Electric, Sherry’s Convenience Store, Pleasanton Truck Co., Newman Glass, Pleasanton Country Club, Shifter’s American Grill, Atascosa Materials, Atascosa Insurance, Pleasanton Finance, JM Connected Auto Sales, JW Hughes, The Happy Dudes, Alpha Iron Gym, Discount Tire and Truck and Jeff Chicoine Insurance.

The event is outdoors so there is plenty of room to social distance. Volunteer high school students in golf carts will be driving around to chauffeur people to and from their cars. Please don’t forget to tip!

Come party like its 1980 at the Pleasanton River Park. See you there! Party on.

NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at nwilkersonholmes@pleasantonexpress.com.

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