What is that crazed Scotsman doing to my wife?
As the years have passed, Abby and I have become the semi-official photographers for the annual Shoffner Family Reunion in Duncan, Oklahoma in October.
The host for the reunion is Judy Taff, Abby’s aunt, who resides on a sprawing 80-acre wooded patch east of Duncan. She and her sons team up with other family members to make every reunion wildly fun and popular. Last year they got their hands on a wild donkey and let everyone ride it, thus the theme “Wild Ass Reunion.” Before that they caught a wild boar and hosted a pig-tying contest in the midst of the nationwide swine flu scare, and called it “Pigs Gone Wild.” Previous years were just as interesting.
Of course there is card playing and billiards and foosball and fishing and visiting, tons of visiting.
In addition to a central theme, Judy and the boys have a hayride on Saturday afternoon, and three spook walks, one for each age category, that night. Sunday morning features breakfast, followed by a devotional given by retired Lieutenant General Wilson “Dutch” Shoffner. After the devotional is an auction of item donated by everyone, often home made. Funds from the auction pay for the reunion the next year. Finally, the entire family gathers, usually by the pond, for group photos, some by family, some by age, and, in my case, by whether you are an in-law or an out-law.
Everyone, including myself, looks forward to it every year. If you would like to see all the images from last year’s reunion, follow this link. If you would like to look at other reunions, click here.
The 2011 Shoffner Reunion is less that two weeks away, and Abby and I are more than ready. What will Judy and the boys have in store for us this time?
You can lead a wild donkey to a family reunion, but....