It will be a trip to the Old West for the Gothenburg students as they will enjoy a, ‘Country Chic’ theme that will be reflected in decorations greeting students at Dudley Elementary during the annual Gothenburg High School Prom festivities on Saturday April 22nd.

The evening’s events will begin with punch parties from 5-6 p.m. Seniors will gather at the home of Brian and Christy Aden at 41121 Road 769; and the Juniors will assemble at the home of Matt and Laura Lauer at 2009 Avenue G. Group pictures for the Seniors will be taken at 5:15 p.m. and the Juniors will strike a pose at 5:45 p.m.

Sophomore servers will meet at the Dudley Gym at 4:30 p.m. They will perform a dance for parents and the public at 4:45 p.m.

Community members can view the decorations in the school gymnasium from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and watch prom goers arrive at the school beginning around 6 p.m.

The 2017 banquet dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be catered by Gothenburg High School alumni Sidney Thompson. Following the meal will be a program that includes a Senior video and a dance by the Sophomore servers.

At the conclusion of the meal and program, the students invite the public to attend a Promenade at 8:15 p.m. to showcase the Prom goers in a ‘Red Carpet’ type event that will be held at the Performing Arts Center. Following their arrival at the Prom, Professional photographs will be taken of prom goers beginning at 8:30 p.m. followed by the dance from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Doors to the dance close promptly at 10 p.m.

Before students enter the dance, they will be tested for alcohol consumption by a Breathalyzer.

A post-prom party is planned at Gothenburg High School from 12:30 until 3 a.m.

Juniors are asked to return to the school from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon to clean-up from the festivities.