About the Parker Reunion

The Parker Reunion is held the 3rd Friday of July annualy at Fort Parker State Park between Mexia,TX. and Groesbeck, TX. [Map]  Nestled among the towering pine trees and wildlife descendents of the elder John Parker meet to catch up on old times and celebrate the rich history the Parker family embodies. Please read below for more information about the reunion and the many reunion activities for the young and young at heart!


First and foremost, the reunion is about catching up with fellow members and descendants of the Parker family. Each year there are new faces to meet! Whether it be catching up on old times, hearing stories about the events of Fort Parker several generations ago, or just visiting with friends new and old, the Parker reunion is about Family, face to face.

The Meal

On the Saturday of the reunion, at precisely 12:00 Noon, the large meal is served. Each attendeed brings one or more dishes to be served. Preparation for the meal begins early as volunteers heat, cook, mix, stir and prepare food for the several (__how many??__) attendees. There are dishes ranging from appetizers (salads, hors d'oeuvres and finger foods), main courses (sausage, chicken, pork, turkey, beef) and don't forget the desserts! (cakes, pies and cookies) Nobody leaves hungry! While working hard, the chefs also have a lot of fun. Lunch is served in the now air conditioned meal hall and kitchen. And of course, you are always welcome to seconds!

The Auction

The purpose of the annual auction is to raise money for the Parker Reunion fund. This is the money that allows the Parker Reunion to happen each year. This past year the auction was headed off by Drew and Ross Cochran. Some items in the past have been quilts, arts and crafts, autographed books, dolls, and many other items. The auction is held in the air conditioned meal hall on the Saturday afternoon of the reunion.

The Games

The games are for anyone who wishes to participate but are most popular with the kids. There is tug-o-war, which is always a lot of fun. The most popular game, by far, is the egg and biscuit toss. Participants take turns throwing eggs to their partner. Each round, a step is taken back, making a longer distance to throw the egg. Limbo is also played and is great fun for everyone involved!

Outside Activites

Fort Parker State Park has many outside activities for eveyone! Fort Parker offers camping, picnicking, swimming area, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, biking, canoeing, nature study,baseball/softball, and paddle boating. The large shade trees of the park offer shade for lounging and meeting your fellow Parker family descendants.