VIDOR, Texas Over the tops of tall Southeast Texas pines was heard the music, song and laughter of some 2,500 Latter-day Saints celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Church in Vidor June 24-25. In 1900, William Williamson and his family, living just north of Vidor, joined the Church.
During the celebration, Church members gathered to play games. Children participated in a hat parade complete with a horse-drawn wagon. Jams, jellies and quilts were displayed and skits were performed. Many members wore pioneer-era dress.
"It's a marvelous celebration of our great legacy," said Marshall Hayes, president of the Beaumont Texas Stake. "It's all in the spirit of family and the ancestors who brought us the precious gift of the gospel."
The centennial celebration began with a reunion of the William Williamson family. "People came from all over to attend," said President Hayes. "There were about 1,000 people there; our largest reunion ever."
The two-day celebration, which took 18 months to plan, concluded with a fireside June 25.