Walker Manufacturing began a journey that has been amazing. The mower production began in 1980. It took 20 years to produce the first 50,000 mowers. It took only 8 more years for the 100,000th to roll off the production line. (DC has worked for them as a buyer for the last 8 years, after he was unceremoniously "downsized" - don't you love that term - by his employer of 27+ years). This last week-end was the Family Reunion - the second one. Have you ever heard of a company having a family reunion? For the second time, Walkers invited anyone who had ever worked for them, worked for them now, sold a mower, bought a mower, distributed mowers, used a mower, wished they had a mower, to come and celebate the 100,000th mower. Approximately 3000 people showed up - from all over the world.
It was HOT. But they came and they stayed around for 2 days, some 3. There were things for the kids to do, there was an obstacle course (the same young man won for the 4th time in a row), there was great food, there was entertainment on the stage as people visited, there were balloon rides and helicopter rides, there was a talent show, there was the driving of the 100,000th mower driven in a parade of sorts by the woman who won the drawing for the privilege. There is Walker Ware to purchase. There was a free pancake breakfast for everyone, there was a free brat dinner for everyone, there were DC's clients - many suppliers - there with giveaways. There was a flag raising, with flags from all over the world showcased - those countries where Walker mowers are sold.
The mower of honor looked like all the rest to me, but it has a special paint to make it stand out from the crowd -
We had a great time singing together with a local church's praise team - in fact, one of the members of the team has a new Walker mower of his own, because his wife's name was drawn.
The patriarch and matriarch of the Walker family are wonderful role models - he had a stroke a few years ago and is unable to talk, but he sat there with her in one of the carts that get people around the large property - tears flowed from many of us as their daughter shared their testimony with us.