Stories passed down from one generation to the next, and sharing and making new memories, is what defines a reunion.
Over 120 people renewed acquaintances and made new friends at the McMinnville-Warren County Reunion held at The Vineyard in July. Chairmen Wayne Wolford and Jeffery Martin work with other organizers to make the event a success for visitors across the county, state and nation.
“We have folks come from all over,” said Wolford. “This year we welcomed Warren County native James Bates, who came to visit from California.”
The organizers stress the event is open to anyone wanting to attend. They especially wanted to recognize the communities and schools of Bolden Green, Leesburg, Martin Charge, Hiawassee, Viola, Brown Town, Mud Creek, Rock Island, Corinth, Allisonia, Pleasant Hill, Morrison and Bernard.
Warren County Executive Hershell Wells and McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley each spoke to the gathering, sharing their memories of growing up in the area.
A delicious meal was served before the introduction of guest speaker pastor Ed Powell. The Lavergne resident spoke of ancestry and remembering our roots. He compared situations today to how they used to be, stressing how time changes everything.
A fun fashion show was organized by Hattie Wood, where both ladies and gentlemen modeled their stylish attire. Recorded music was presented Georgia disc jockey Cortland Archie.
Wolford feels the purpose of the reunion is to bring folks together to enjoy the beauty of Warren County and to find more about their heritage.
“We are glad to share the gathering with one another,” said Wolford. “We always remember the ones that can’t be with us for whatever reason and will always be in our hearts.”