More than 1,000 people from across the country are expected to be in Jasper this weekend for the biennial Walker County Homecoming Reunion. Jasper City Council member Willie Moore said the …
More than 1,000 people from across the country are expected to be in Jasper this weekend for the biennial Walker County Homecoming Reunion.
Jasper City Council member Willie Moore said the three-day event, which kicks off Friday, will mark its 22nd time being held in the city after beginning in 1975.
Ironically, the event was not originally planned by people living in Walker County.
“A group of people living in Illinois who were all originally from Jasper started talking about it and formed it,” he said. “Most of the people involved were from the old Walker County Training School, but they came up with the idea to include everybody from across the county.”
Moore said the event has been extremely popular each time it’s been held.
“It’s really been a great thing,” he said.
John Cowen of Cleveland, Ohio, currently serves as the organization’s national president, said Moore, who serves as the local organization president.
Those attending this weekend will have plenty of opportunities to mingle with others on hand. Activities kick off Friday night at 6 p.m. with a ‘Get Acquainted Banquet’ at the Percy Goode Community Center, with entertainment provided by Willie ‘Jazzanova’ Davis. A roll call of all state represented will be held.
On Saturday, a picnic will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with plenty of food and other activities.
One of the highlights of the weekend is the Saturday night dance that will begin at 7 p.m. at the Jasper Civic Center.
Entertainment will be provided by the Birmingham-based band Just a Few Cats.
On Sunday, a special service will be held at 3 p.m. at Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, with special guest speaker Rodney Stanfield, pastor of Love Fellowship Christian Center in Adamsville.
Because of the size of the event, planning for the next event begins almost as soon as one event ends. “We’ll actually start at the end of this event planning for the next one,” Moore said.
In previous years, as many as 40 states have been represented at the event, Moore said.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend throughout the weekend.
“We’re expecting at least that many people to be in town,” Moore said.