Each year for the past four years, the West Virginia Department of Commerce has made special "reunion kits" available to groups and communities interested in having summer reunions or gatherings in West Virginia.
The office orders 1,000 kits, and typically still has some leftover as late as August or September.
This year was different. All the kits were reserved by mid-May, months earlier than previous years.
"This year was the biggest one ever," said Courtney Sisk, spokeswoman for the Department of Commerce.
Sisk said that the 2013 kits are different than in the past because they include unique items for West Virginia's sesquicentennial, including a commemorative T-shirt, a small number of 150th birthday hats and convention bags with the 150th birthday logo.
"People are more interested in the kits because of the special items," Sisk said.
Both private and public groups were able to order the kits, and Sisk said that there were orders from all over the state.
In Lewis County, reunion organizers for the former community
of Roanoke ordered one of the kits for this year's event last month - the 20th such gathering for the group.
"Everyone was really well pleased," said Emma Snyder, one of the planners of the reunion.
Snyder said this was the second year the reunion ordered a kit.
Last year, she saw an advertisement in the local newspaper that the kits were available, and thought that the kit would make a good addition to the event.