Kids play at duck pond at St. Johns Annual Picnic. Photo courtesy Parish Community of St. John
St. John Annual Picnic
Extending as far back as at least 1925, the St.
John Annual Picnic, along with other church socials, was begun as a
project of the St. John Catholic Church to raise money to build a
new church. Any profits were deposited in the bank in a St. John's
Building Fund. The new church was completed in 1933. The church
socials grew into the St. John Picnic and Barbecue. Discontinued
during World War II, it was reinstated in 1975, and got bigger each
year, so that it came to be called "The Biggest Little Picnic in
Western Kentucky." It is now held the first Saturday after Labor
Day, and the proceeds are totally dedicated to St. John and St.
Mary parochial schools of the parish.
Barbecued ribs, chicken, pork and mutton are served,
along with hot dogs, drinks and popcorn, funnel cakes, ice cream.
Games include bingo, bottle toss, cake wheel, can throw, coin toss,
free throw, and ping pong. Politicians are always on hand to give
speeches, and have included Senator Wendell Ford, Rep. Carroll
Hubbard, former Kentucky governor Julian Carroll, and Lt. Governor
Steve Beshear. Also featured are a country store, live musical
entertainment, pony rides and a "duck pond" for kids, and a new car
raffle. In 1999, the picnic raised $105,043.60.
Originally submitted by: Ed Whitfield, Representative (1st District).
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