Friendly reunion Friday at the Attica Independent Fair

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Friends Chris Goshe (from left), Nick Schaffer, Joe Heyman and Jeremy Snavely long have considered themselves brothers. Goshe holds Schaffer’s daughter, Cami; Schaffer holds his other daughter, Emme; Heyman holds Snavely’s daughter, Hannah; and Snavely holds his other twin daughter, Kenzlie. They all met at the Attica Independent Fair Friday.

ATTICA – Attica Independent Fair was the site of a family reunion Friday.

Four friends since their days as junior high school students at Seneca East Local Schools — Chris Goshe, Joe Heyman, Nick Schaffer and Jeremy Snavely — long have considered themselves brothers.

The men never had brothers and only have sisters. And those with children all have daughters.

Schaffer and his wife, Kari, have two daughters, Cami and Emme; Snavely and his wife, Tiffany, have twin daughters, Hannah and Kenzlie; and Heyman and his wife, Heather, are expecting a baby girl in November,

“They all have sisters. … Now, they all have girls,” said Barb Charlton, Snavely’s mother.

Charlton said they all are invited to each others’ birthday parties and life events and all have been asked to be in each others’ weddings.

And, anytime there is a wedding, they would take a family photograph.

“They graduated in ’07. … They’re all farm kids,” Charlton said.

Schaffer, who is in the U.S. Army and lives in North Carolina, said he gets back once or twice a year. He said his daughters consider his friends uncles, and the men’s wives are aunts as well.

Schaffer has plans to begin the return to North Carolina Monday morning.

“The girls love coming home,” he said.