Next on the left is Steve with his wife Shirley. Somehow this year I missed getting a photo of Gerald with wife Sue and of Fred with his wife Marge. In the right photo are the sisters, Marsha, Myrna and Kathy.
Just a couple weeks before the reunion, a raging storm hit Johnson Citym IL - Arrowhead Campground taking down many of the huge trees and wiping out the pavilion we have used for years for the reunion. Luckily, the local Canadays were able to get to the other pavilions that are on a first come first serve basis. We ended up with two of them. And that helped as the rain drizzled down while the cooking and eating went on. We also had a very nice playground for the youngest of the Canadays that came.
And a lot of sitting around visiting went on during the rain. In the left photo is my son, Micah Canaday with his girlfriend Chelcy, both from Wentzville, MO. And in the right photo is Marcia Canaday Escobar from Tennessee as she talked with her cousin Karla Canaday Conrey from ST. Ann, Missouri.
Walking from pavilion to pavilion meant you needed an umbrella or rain cap. In the left photo is Shirley Canaday (Steve's wife) with Marge Canaday (Fred's wife) following behind. While in the photo on the right, Myrna stays dry under the umbrella while Dan Escobar (husband of Marcia Canaday Escrobar) walks with her.
The rain finally stopped and it was time for the annual washers tournament. Yes the Canaday family takes their washer tournament seriously. I wonder if they all have them set up in their backyards and practice all year. The prize of getting your name on the plaque each year is important. This year, the men decided that women and kids would play for their champion while the more serious game would be played by the men. Below on the left is Don Canaday as he watches his cousin Fred Canaday attempting a ringer. On the right, Jim Seymour (husband of Kathy Canaday Seymour) one of the very serious competitors, waits for his time to throw.
As things get more serious, Jim Seymour, photo on the left, figures out he isn't winning because the washer holes have not been measured properly. At least he has an excuse this year. lol While on the right, Steve Canaday is either bribing his nephew Bob Canaday to lose the game or giving him a good talking to. Whatever it was, Bob didn't win. Only those two really know what was going on but things looked pretty serious.
Ok, Ok, yes, Gerald will share the 2009 winner list with Terri Huff, the winner of the girls tournament. So two names will appear for the 2009 year.
Some late comers to the reunion were part of Don Canaday's family on the left while on the right photo, Kathy, Steve, Jim and Fred relax and visit.
As we headed back to good ole Wentzville, Missouri - you could see that all the fun took a toll on Aiden. Of course, I think he wasn't the only one sleeping in.
For those of you that missed the reunion - well we did miss you this year. Hopefully you can start planning now for the 2010 year. And of course, practice up for the annual washer tournament. lol