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Sandhill, Texas Alley reunion set for Sept. 14

COVINGTON — Organizers of the second Sandhill-Texas Alley reunion are expecting more than 1,000 people to celebrate their connections to the community this year.

The reunion takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the corner of West and Walnut streets and will include food, games, fellowship, hayrides, horse rides and a health fair, said the event’s chair, the Rev. Avis Williams.

The rough boundaries for Sandhill and Texas Alley are from Dried Indian Creek on Washington Street to Avery Street.

The idea for the reunion came about several years ago when Williams and her friends who grew up in the area realized they only saw each other at funerals. They decided to plan a fun reunion day and prayed that at least 500 people would attend.

The first reunion in 2011 drew more than 850 people, with guests coming from as far away as Detroit. It took so much planning, the group decided to take a year off before hosting another one.

The health fair is new this year. Organizers counted 19 in their community who have died since the last reunion. “We started realizing a lot of those were in their 40s, 50s and 60s,” Williams said, and many had succumbed to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. So, they decided to host a health fair to educate reunion guests about those and other diseases. Free consultations with physicians and dentists and health screenings will be available.

“We want it to be a day of family, a day of friendship, a day of community, fun and fellowship, hosted by those who grew up over there, but we welcome friends and family who didn’t grow up over there,” Williams said.

Parking will be at Washington Street Community Center and Grace United Methodist Church, and golf carts donated by Fat Boys Golf Carts will transport guests to the reunion site. Williams said the reunion would not be possible without donations from local businesses. The cost to attend the event is $30 per household. For more information, contact Williams at 404-379-5561.