“Ramirez Express” was a big highlight of the reunion. Ernie Ramirez constructed a “train”: eight “cars” made from empty 50-gallon barrels placed on permanent frames with wheels, with chairs bolted into each one. His wife Kim painted each barrel with different characters. A tractor and “engineer” toured the children around the ranch, and they loved it. They actually waited in line to climb aboard!
A dedication ceremony honored members for their triumphs over challenging circumstances and for their inspiration to live life to the fullest.
There were games and contests for all ages: tug-of-war, hula-hoop, egg-throwing, water balloon fights, gunny-sack races, baseball throw, horseshoes, bingo, and a Tie the Ribbon on the Piggy contest. Someone said he didn’t think they’d laughed that hard in a long time. High winds kept a Saturday bonfire from happening but a dance was held with traditional Mexican, Tejano, country and R&B music.
From a report by Maria Isabel “Isa” Ramirez in the Casa Grande Valley Newspaper, Casa Grande, Arizona.