It's a return home for thousands of Meridianites.
And it's the old friends and classmates, the mingling, catching up on old times and reminiscing about the good times, and the reunions like this one that many look forward to every five years.
Evelyn Wooten Moseley was born and raised in Meridian and moved to Chicago at the age of 18. She graduated from Saint Joseph's Catholic School...class of 1956. Moseley says she missed the past two picnics, but was so excited about seeing some of her classmates.
"Got chance to meet people that I have not seen in over 30 years. That's was really a blessing and it was just great to be able to fellowship. I saw three of my classmates," Meridian Picnic Participant Evelyn Wooten Moseley said.
From young to old, the heat didn't keep these folks from fellowshipping.
And a snowball, a fan and good food helped many to keep cool and just have a good time and enjoy each other and their hometown.
Coordinators say the picnic began forty-three years ago as a reunion of former students at the now defunct T./J. Harris high school. And many are amazed at how the the picnic and the city has grown since then.
"And thank God that we are blessed to come back and to see how our city has grown and how it has improved and the things that have taken place," Moseley said.
And this gathering is a perfect time and location for many to have family reunions. But for the Conley family of Meridian...it was this family's first time having their reunion at the Meridian picnic.
"We're just happy to be all together," said Conley Family Reunion Participant Rosie Dixon.
Many participants say the saying "Home is where the heart is" was evident at the 2009 Meridian picnic.