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Lilly Family Reunion kicks-off


This weekend marks the 88th year of the Lilly Family Reunion in Flat Top. It's an event that set a Guinness World Record in 2009, for the largest family reunion  at the time. 

Members of the Lilly family, some from as far as Maryland, had already arrived Friday morning. While bounce houses were being inflated outside, Friday night's dinner was being prepared in the kitchen, where Tercia Lilly Short says food preparation is something taken very seriously. "It's not a day process, it's not a week process, it's not even a month process. The planning has been going on since last reunion.
At the McDowell family reunion in Kentucky, we used to get around a couple-hundred people. But how do you prepare enough food for... a couple-thousand?! "We started Tuesday morning actually, with prep to make beans. Because we're having a family dinner tonight; the first time that we've not done a buffet. We're doing cornbread, beans, fried potatoes... so we started prepping that Tuesday."
Seven people were in the kitchen on Friday afternoon, and up to 20 relatives can help with food prep when needed. So how do the Lilly's budget for all of this food? "Money-wise, we're starting with $1500, just for food. We've got ice that was donated that was probably $5-600. We need to say a lot of thanks to our volunteers who donate a bunch of stuff. Without them we would not be able to have the Lilly reunion."

The Lilly Family Reunion officially began with dinner tonight at 5 pm, and goes through Sunday.

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