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The 2017 Parker Reunion will be held on July 21-23, 2017 at Fort Parker State Park. Please read below for all of the details. If you still have questions, please contact us at ParkerReunion@gmail.com

When?
July 21, 22 & 23 2017

Note: Registration begins at 3:00pm on the 21st. While we look forward to your presence on Friday, please be aware that most people will show on Saturday the 22nd. Usually, only a few people show on Friday. However, Friday can be an excellent day for exploring the Fort Parker Restoration and museum, as well as exploring all of the activies that Fort Parker State Park has to offer (swimming, hiking, fishing, etc...).

Where?
Fort Parker State Park [Map]
194 Park Road 28
Mexia, TX 76667

Directions
From Dallas/Ft. Worth/Oklahoma: Take I-45 South to Richland Exit 219-A. Continue south for 24 miles on Hwy 14 to Fort Parker State Park.
From Houston: Take I-45 North to Buffalo Exit 180. Continue west on Hwy 164 to Groesbeck, then north on Hwy 14 to Fort Parker State Park.
From Austin/San Antonio: Take I-35 north to Waco. Exit 338A to Hwy 84/31. Turn east onto Hwy 84 and continue to Mexia, then south on Hwy 14 to Fort Parker State Park.
A list of hotels in Mexia can be found here.

Registration
Registration begins at 3:00pm on Friday July, 21. Upon your arrival, check in with the gatekeeper for your parking pass and make sure to tell them you are with the Parker Reunion. Depending on the weather, the registration desk may be outside near the dining hall, or inside the dining hall. When registering, the fee is $2 per adult and children 12 and under are free. This small fee helps to ensure that we can cover the costs of renting the park.

About the Park
Have fun at Fort Parker State Park, but make sure to follow these few rules while in the park:
1. Please park only in designated areas.
2. Campers are not permitted in the group barrack area, so if you plan to use your motor home, trailer, or tent, you must make other reservations with the Park office to park in the camping area of the park.
3. State rules prohibit alcoholic beverages.


The park offers several activities including hiking, fishing, a boat ramp, swimming, camping, and a playground. For a complete list of activities, please visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife site here.
A map of the park can be found here (PDF).

Business Meeting - 10:00 AM
Weather permitting, the business meeting will be held under the trees next to the dining hall at 10:00am on Saturday, July 22nd. If raining or extremely hot, the business meeting will be held inside the dining hall.

Family Photo - 11:45 AM
Each year, we try our best to get a photo of the entire family. Please make sure to be present shortly before the meal so you are included. The picture is available at the website shortly after the reunion.

Meal - 12:00 Noon
Our family meal is served in the dining hall at 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 19th. Plates, cups, napkins, tea, ice and silverware are furnished for this meal. Please bring a covered dish (or two or three); enough for your family and enough to share so we can all partake in this bountiful meal. Please make sure to thank the kitchen committee for helping to make this meal a success.

Auction - 2:00 PM
Please bring an item (or more) for us to auction off. The auction helps us to raise money to ensure the Reunion can continue to use the park and to cover additional expenses. We would love to have items that relate to the Parker family, but we will take anything you bring.

Games for the Kids
Kids and adults alike will never forget the unique brand of games after the auction. Past activies include the egg toss, biscuit toss and dodgeball. Stick around after auction to see what they come up with this year.

Sunday
Sunday morning we clean up and say our goodbyes. We always strive to leave the grounds cleaner than we got them. Your help is greatly appreciated in this effort, especially if you stayed in the barracks. Please make sure to take all your belongings and trash, and to sweep when you leave.

Other Activities
Make sure check out the Historic Fort Parker museum. More information can be found here. Directions from the Park: Head south on Hwy 14 about one-half mile to State Hwy P35 and head west. There are signs showing the way. Donations to tour the fort are greatly appreciated.