The annual Cranfield Family Reunion came about around the turn of the 21st century when the extended Cranfield family realized they only gathered when someone had died. They decided to change that and now every year, the Cranfields flock to a camp site along the shores of Lake Texoma on the weekend following Memorial Day. The group averages around 50 people, swelling and declining with births, deaths, marriages and relocations.
The majority of the crowd arrives at the lake on Wednesday and sets up camp – a combination of trailers and a tent city that has been so refined over the years that it includes air conditions, palatial spaces that exceed the term “camping,” and an outdoor kitchen with two full refrigerators. Wednesday and Thursday are for lounging, swimming, fishing, and swigging.
The official reunion kick-off begins Friday night with a fish fry. The fish all come from Lake Texoma but most has been caught and collected over the months leading up to the reunion. The reunion culminates on Saturday afternoon with a potluck dinner and the crowd grows to include the less-hardened day-trippers who drive in just for the occasion.
By Sunday morning, the shine has worn off and exhaustion of camping set in and everyone just wants a bath at home so camp is broken with incredible speed and until-next-years are called out of moving vehicles as everyone returns back to daily living.