Violet Township aiming for world record with picnic

The Violet Township Bicentennial Committee is planning one final picnic before fall sets in.

On Sept. 7 at Pickerington High School Central, the Violet Township Bicentennial Community Picnic will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Planners are hoping that it will break the record for the World’s Biggest picnic with more than 8,000 people attending.

The deadline to register is Aug. 18. To rent a table and eight chairs, it is $20. Individual seats at a table will be available to rent for $3.

After Aug. 18, the price will increase to $5 for individual seats and $30 for complete tables. No seats or tables will be rented after Aug. 29.

In case of inclement weather, the picnic will be moved inside to Pickerington High School Central. Registration forms were mailed with the City of Pickerington Water Bill, or they may be picked up at the Pickerington Chamber of Commerce, 13 W. Columbus St., at the Violet Township Offices at 12979 Rustic Drive in Pickerington, by going to www.violetbicentennial.com or by calling 382-5989.

This is more than just a picnic, though. There will be contests and music during the event. The pickerington High School Central and Pickerington High School North Marching Bands will perform. There will be a kid’s area, including a Bounce-A-Way and Doozy the Clown. There also will be a recipe contest for adults and for children that will judge cookies, pies and breads.

A table decoration contest will be held, with four categories for the public and a special category for businesses.

An old fashioned sing-a-long will be held as well.

To cap the afternoon off, the Winchester Steel Company stell drum band from Canal Winchester High School will play at 4 p.m., follow by a live concert by Blessid Union of Souls, an internationally-recognized pop rock band that has had eight Top 40 hits.

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