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Reunion draws to a close

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, July 28, 2018
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As the sun started setting Saturday evening, Joann McDaniel joined several members of her family at their cabin for one last night of fun at Reunion.

After dinner, the games of washers continued along with a few more drinks before closing down the annual retreat with a seventh night of camping at Joe Wheeler Park.
“Every night we stay all night,” McDaniel said. “[Family members] take vacation every year for this.”
The McDaniels are one of many families that braved the heat over the week of Reunion. High temperatures reached 100 on five of the seven days, including 110 on Sunday before the campers’ dinner.
“It’s been hot and dry, one of the hottest,” said Don Nibblett, who has been attending Reunion for more than four decades.
Niblett and most of the campers took the heat in stride.
“It’s been fun. It’s hot like that every year,” said Leighann Handlon.
Many campers pointed out that the night time brought some relief. They also came up with innovative ways to cope.
“We have the swamp coolers, and we put a frozen 2-liter bottle in them. It cools it down,” McDaniel said.
While the entertainment and one final night on the midway drew a crowd, many campers relaxed on the final night.
At the Badger-Handlon camp, Saturday is traditionally a low-key night.
“The guys play golf during the day, and they’re tired by the time they get back,” Handlon said. “We cook every night but Saturday.”
Loretta Coker and Ashly DoByns said it depends on the year how they treat Saturday.
“Sometimes we’re about done [by Saturday],” DoByns said. “Sometimes we’ll stay out late.”
As Reunion comes to a close, the opinion of the week remains the same for Coker.
“It’s awesome. We love it,” she said.

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