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Police presence helps keep lid on Auburn reunion festivities

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One of the biggest parties of the year, the annual Thanksgiving Eve reunion at Pistol Pete's in Downtown Auburn drew about 1,000 people. Sgt. Dale Hutchins of the Auburn Police Department said the event went fairly well from a law enforcement standpoint. Two police officers at the event helped by providing a deterrent to potential trouble-makers and just two arrests for public intoxication were made, he said. ``In the whole scheme of things, it was a good event,'' Hutchins said. ``Nobody got hurt and in relation to 800 to 1,000 people attending, only two people went to jail.'' No driving-under-the-influence arrests related to the reunion were made overnight Wednesday, Hutchins said. The Thanksgiving Day holiday Thursday was also quiet, he said. ``This time of year with the holiday and the economy the way it is, we were expecting a little more problems,'' Hutchins said. ``But this is still a very good community.'' The reunion started as an impromptu gathering of Placer High graduates 14 years ago and has since grown into a full-scale event at Pistol Pete's that draws hundreds of former Auburn residents - particularly college students - returning home for Thanksgiving. - Gus Thomson