Front row, from left,   Dale Ford, Lecelia Ford, Beckett Ford, Caleb Ford, Allie Windom, Beau Barnette, Tawana Ford Barnette, Claire Barnette, second row from left, Matthew Ford, Leigh Ford, Cooper Ford, Grant Ford, Sherry Ford, Connor Ford, Amanda Windom, Kent Ford, Ramona Ford Hill, Lucian Hill, Kante Ford, Barnett Ford, third row from left, Benjamin Barnette, Weylin Windom, Allen Ford and Amanda Windom.
Front row, from left,   Dale Ford, Lecelia Ford, Beckett Ford, Caleb Ford, Allie Windom, Beau Barnette, Tawana Ford Barnette, Claire Barnette, second row from left, Matthew Ford, Leigh Ford, Cooper Ford, Grant Ford, Sherry Ford, Connor Ford, Amanda Windom, Kent Ford, Ramona Ford Hill, Lucian Hill, Kante Ford, Barnett Ford, third row from left, Benjamin Barnette, Weylin Windom, Allen Ford and Amanda Windom.
Ross and Sarah Ford brought their family to the Fair during the mid-1950s before they had a cabin.

Ramona Hill remembers those one-day excursions that she and her brothers, Dale Ford and Kent Ford, would enjoy with their parents. The family would pack a fried chicken picnic lunch eat it under the oak trees. She said they would stay until it was dark.

"We would come for one day," Hill said. "I would get a $1 and I would spend every cent of it. We always came and we had a good time."

Later, the family started staying in a cabin they shared, located Sleepy Hollow. But then the opportunity came to build a cabin at the current location and they started enjoying it in 1976.

"Daddy used to brag that he built the cabin for $500," Hill said. "It was a new site, an expansion. They created one site and divided it into three cabin sites, and that's why it its cabin 286C."

The family grew. Today, people are coming from as far away as Missouri and Atlanta, Ga., and other places. The two story cabin would sleep 21 people and served the family well. But it was decided that it was time for change.

"Really, Amanda (Windom) got it started," Hill said. "She said she was tired of sleeping with her bracelets on the floor. You have to remember that a cabin that was built for $500 didn't have many cabinets. She and my brother, Dale worked on it."

The family moved out of the old cabin in March and it was torn down. Because of the rain, it wasn't until April when the foundation was put in. And then construction started.What was the Ford cabin is now the Ford-Hill-Windom cabin. It is three stories and sleeps 36 people. There are many improvements vs. the old cabin, but perhaps the most appreciated according to Hill is the addition of two more bathrooms.

"In the other cabin, we had one commode," Hill said. "Now we have three - one on each floor."

Different members of the family enjoy different things, according to Hill. Some like the carnival ride. And there's the Flea Market and the horse races.

"We really enjoy sitting around and talking," Hill said. "We have our regular meal menus. We like to play cards and visit. This is our family reunion."