The Lancasters celebrate their 53rd family reunion
The Lancaster family reunion started as a way to stay connected with families who live in different states, never did they realize it would carry on for more than just one day and repeat each year for more than 50 years.
Over 250 relatives from half the country showed up for the 53rd Lancaster family reunion. This year’s four-day event is being held in Biloxi. Reunion Organizer Victoria Stone said, “Well we always try to bring a reunion to different places and we thought well why not Mississippi. Well just bring it to Biloxi and then we just said Hey let’s do the blues theme, so we came up with a blues event for tonight and so we got a couple artists preforming for the family.”
Artist Nelly Tiger Travis is shocked that the Lancasters wanted her to be one of the performers and glad she had an off day to sing on the Coast. “I’m totally excited about being here because one thing about it, you know, being in other cities and growing up in the south, in the country, I come to Biloxi and I see Biloxi, this white sand and beautiful streets, and beautiful everything. It’s like I’m in a totally different place, like Vegas if you will. That’s what it feels like to me.”
Black Koffee, a new artist in the blue’s genre, says the Lancasters make her feel a part of their family and her time with them has been special. “It makes me feel loved because family is family and with all that’s going on in the world today, this is a good example of how we all should all come together as one.”
Every member that attends the reunion pays a registration fee that covers food, activities, entertainment, and t-shirts. What is left over after those expenses is used for scholarships. Lancaster Family Reunion President Steve Arrington said, “Scholarships can go to anyone in the United States. You don’t have to be a family member to apply for the scholarships. So, we do that all the time. This year, we are giving three $1,000 scholarships away.”
To apply for scholarships and for more information go to Lancaster.org.