The first reunion was actually held in 1921, but it was not until 1972 when the reunions were officially held on an annual basis. The three-day event is sponsored by The Thomas Bridges Association, which has a current membership of over 350 who are all descendants of the families of James Thomas, Sr. and Drury Bridges, two of Trigg County’s most prominent pioneers.
Both James Thomas and Drury Bridges came from North Carolina. Drury and his family arrived in 1804 and settled on 84 acres of land on Beechy Fork Creek. James arrived in 1806 and settled on 200 acres of land at what is now the intersection of the Donaldson and Cadiz roads. James Thomas had seven children, three of whom married into Drury Bridges’ family of seven children, thus a reunion could not be held without both families being present. The three-day affair offers a wide variety of events with plenty of time in between to sit, relax and talk over old times.
Festivities begin on Friday morning, Aug. 5, as the Association’s annual “Thomas Hughes Gentry Memorial Golf Tournament” will get underway at the Boots Randolph Golf Course at Lake Barkley State Park. Registration will begin at 8: a.m. Teams draw at 8:40 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 9 a.m. for the four-person scramble. All proceeds from the event will go to the association’s scholarship fund for Trigg County seniors.
At 6 p.m. Friday evening, the “Welcome Home Wiener Roast” will be held at the West Cadiz Park. This year’s wiener roast is sponsored by the Wallace Thomas family. Plenty of time will be available for family socializing.
The James Thomas Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution will sponsor a special genealogy program on Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Barkley Lodge meeting room.
The program will feature Kandi Adkinson, supervisor of the records department in the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office in Frankfort. All TBA members and others who descend from the two families are urged to attend.
On Saturday evening Aug. 6 at 5 p.m., events will begin at the Convention Center at Lake Barkley State Park with the meeting of the TBA Board of Directors, followed by the annual business meeting at 6 p.m.
At 7 p.m. saxophonist Reggie Lafaye will present a special “Tribute to Boots Randolph” musical program in honor of the one of the family’s most famous members. There is no admission charge for this program and it is open to the public.
On Sunday, Aug. 7, the Annual Family Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. at Lake Barkley Convention Center. All lunch reservations must be purchased in advance, as meals will only be prepared for those with reservations.
Your check for you and your family should be mailed to: The Thomas-Bridges Association Reservations, c/o Virginia T. Alexander, P. O. Box 609, Cadiz, KY 42211.
The cost is $18 for each adult and $8.00 for children 6 to 12. Late tickets for the lunch may be purchased at the Welcome Home Weiner Roast on Friday night.
The Sunday afternoon program will include a roll call of states, visitor recognition, recognition of the oldest and youngest attendee and a memorial service for all who have passed away since the last reunion. The reunion will close with the group singing, “My Old Kentucky Home.”
The Association sends out a special invitation to all members of these two families to attend any and all of these events. You do not have to be a member to attend. Memberships will be available for all those who wish to join. For more information, call Virginia Alexander at 522-8219.