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Hundreds fill park for Meridianites Picnic

By Staff
HIGHLAND PARK Jaylan Jennings, 2, of Meridian tries not to spill a grape snowcone Saturday as he walks around Highland Park with his parents during the 38th Annual Meridianite's Convention and Picnic. PHOTO BY ANNA WRIGHT / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Erin Hilsabeck / staff writer
June 27, 2004
Song, food and fellowship filled Highland Park Saturday at the 38th Annual Meridianites Picnic.
Travelers from as far away as Illinois and California drove or flew to Meridian for the week's festivities. For many, the trip was a homecoming, not a vacation.
Jruther Roberts was born in Meridian, but his family moved away when he was 6 years old. He lives in Chicago now.
Class reunions are a major part of the convention, said Jennifer Reid, who was also born in Meridian. She moved back 10 years ago after military service in several other states and in Germany.
As of Friday, 500 people had registered for the picnic, though Reid said she expected to see more in attendance.
Reid, who was selling bright yellow Meridianites T-shirts at the picnic, said community ties are what bring people back to the convention.
For her, being back in Meridian feels just like it says on the T-shirts she was selling for $12 each: "Home is where the heart is."

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