Trask Bridge Picnic Revisited Aug. 28

The Trask Bridge Picnic Revisited will return to Burritt community this summer by popular request. The date has been set for Sunday, Aug. 28, with festivities from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Burritt Township Hall and adjacent grounds.

Live music will be played all day from the center stage (beginning at 10 a.m.). Enjoy judged exhibits of flowers and vegetables, handicrafts, crafts of many kinds, the Cake Walk, fun for the children such as balloon craft, face painting, pony rides, a plowing contest, memorabilia of past picnics and the Burritt Grange, and more. Food will be available for purchase all day, or bring your own picnic if you prefer. Tables will be provided, and free parking is available.

This event provides a fun-filled day for families with little or no expense. All the exhibits, the day-long program of music on the stage, and the parking are free. Vendors will sell their wares.

The Trask Bridge Picnic originated in 1910 as a small community, country picnic. It soon grew to such proportions that the Burritt Grange took over sponsorship for many years. The last picnic was held in 1965. Then, in 2004, the Burritt Township History Museum Planning Committee decided to stage a revival of the old picnics, bringing back some of the flavor and nostalgia of past times. Last summer’s event drew a crowd estimated at more than 1,200 and generated so much enthusiasm it was decided to continue.

Exhibitors interested in displaying their crafts at this event are encouraged to call Esther Crandall at (815) 964-5776, or contact any member of the Museum committee. We want this to be truly a community event. More details will be forthcoming.

From the June 22-28, 2005, issue

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