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Fireworks explode over Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas on July 4, 2013.

Fireworks explode over Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas on July 4, 2013.

Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas on July 5, 2013.

Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas on July 5, 2013.

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Christina Geise embraces Nancy Rollins at the Sanders family reunion on July 6, 2013.

The Sanders family competes at cards on July 6, 2013.

The Sanders family competes at cards on July 6, 2013. 

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Travis Taylor is interviewed by Mike Sanders for a video project on July 6, 2013.

Christina Davis and other women wear traditional hats on July 7, 2013.

Women, including Christina Davis, wear colorful hats to the reunion on July 7, 2013.

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A bowl of Junk: pasta, ground beef, kidney beans and assorted leftovers on July 7, 2013.

Robbie Davis surprises Mike Sanders with a kiss on July 7, 2013.

Robbie Davis surprises Mike Sanders with a kiss on July 7, 2013.

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An invitation to the 2015 reunion in Florida is printed on koozies on July 7, 2013.

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Sanders family matriarch Lily Bauer waves goodbye after the reunion on July 7, 2013.

I attended the Sanders family reunion at Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas on July 4-7, 2013. The reunion rotates around the country every two years. This year, my wife’s family hosted the event. We spent four days at a shelterhouse on the lake laughing, playing cards, and eating good food. Occasionally, we drove some family members over to Kansas City, Missouri on shopping trips. It is so fun to be with the Sanders and I hope to visit the family again in Florida for the 2015 reunion.

-scott weaver

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