That statement apparently lit a fire with citizens of the area and patrons of the reunion. So the reunion, which had been called off for 2006, will happen again.
The Tri-City News conducted a poll, asking readers to vote to have the reunion every year, every other year or not at all. According to Benham Mayor Betty Howard, nobody voted "not at all," one voted "every other year" and the majority voted for every year.
Howard said the city was approached by several individuals who still wanted Benham to have a reunion. She was exploring the possibility of Benham putting on the reunion with the help of the Lynch and Benham garden clubs and the Cumberland Women's Club.
But none of that was immediately necessary.
The Tri-City Grand Reunion Committee met with several local citizens last week to discuss the reunion's future.
According to Creech, the committee decided to keep the reunion going on its yearly schedule, but exactly how that would be accomplished will be determined when the committee begins its regular meetings in January to prepare for the 2006 reunion on the second weekend of June.
The meetings will be held at night instead of during the day and will be moved to the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum. The committee will discuss several fund-raising ideas.
Creech said the reunion needs is volunteers to coordinate the event "not just five or six like we had this year," she said.