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Sunnyside Pioneer Picnic on June 17 open to the public

Y'all come!

For 51 years anyone within a day's horseback ride of Sunnyside has been invited to congregate in Sunnyside on the third Saturday in June to socialize and picnic.

This year the Pioneer Picnic opens with registration at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Central Park.

Coffee, cookies and punch will be on tap, with those attending providing their own picnic lunches.

In the past, 300 to 400 people have gathered in the shade and sunshine to enjoy a camaraderie that comes with living in the same area together. The annual event brings together neighbors and strangers, all bound by common ties to Sunnyside.

It will be an informal kind of get-together, with the only formality displayed at the opening ceremony when Bob Jones of the Sunnyside VFW plays taps and the Reverend Mike Leaverton gives an invocation.

"Oh, and there will be a short business meeting," said Bev Ice, secretary-treasurer of the Pioneer Picnic group that organizes the annual event.

Less than a dozen people put together the picnic, this year under the direction of Bill Flower, president.

"The park people from the city set up tables for us, and we put the covers on them. And the Sunnyside Museum is always open to us on that day," said Ice. "We have people come from as far away as Hawaii."

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