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Mt. Pleasant School, Community Picnic soon

| Saturday, June 15, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

Seeing old friends and meeting new ones from the community is the foundation of the Mt. Pleasant School and Community Picnic — a long-standing tradition in Mt. Pleasant, held every summer at Idlewild Park.

This year's picnic will be on Tuesday, welcoming families and friends for a day of fun and activities, an event that has been observed and enjoyed for decades.

The event has been sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Historical Society since 2002, when it was turned over from the Laurel Highlands Chamber of Commerce, which had managed the picnic for several years.

“The community and school picnic began in the late '40s after the war,” Mt. Pleasant Historical Society Board President Richard Snyder said. “They started it then and it's been going on ever since.”

The event was originally held in June then was switched to July in the early 2000s, only to be switched back to June this year.

“It was always held in June,” Snyder said, adding that the picnic was switched to July for numerous reasons, such as the early June date conflicted with the school district schedule if the year ran over because of snow days and weather. “We were told from several people that they would rather have it back in June because July was too hot,” Snyder said. “That and a lot of people take vacation the first two weeks in July, so we also hoped that by taking it back to June, it might help to increase our attendance.”

Snyder said the big raffle drawing, which is one of the big draws to the event, will be held at 3:30 p.m. and will feature dozens of gifts, prizes and gift certificates.

“Tell them at the gate that you are with Mt. Pleasant and you will get your ticket,” Snyder said of the drawing. “You must be present at the drawing to win.”

Snyder said that most of the pavilions in the park are open for the Mt. Pleasant residents, so there is plenty of room for everyone.

Special discount tickets are still available for $21 each, a savings from the $36 plus tax gate fee.

“You can get tickets now and up to and probably even after the picnic,” Snyder said. “The tickets can be used weekdays, all summer, and if you use them on a weekend, it's only an $8 surcharge, which is still less expensive than the regular gate price.”

The event is rain or shine. Snyder said he hopes it will be warm and nice for the community event.

“I really hope that we get a couple thousand people from the community to come out and enjoy the day with us,” Snyder said. “It's a good day to meet with your neighbors and friends and acquaintances and just have a good time.”

Tickets are available at the Historical Society offices and Angie's Restaurant located in the In-Town-Shops, Coke's Barber Shop, Joe's Pool's, Shop N' Save, Diamond Pharmacy, Brady's Restaurant, Norvelt Pharmacy, Mt. Pleasant Township supervisors office and the Wal-Mart and Main Street locations of Standard Bank.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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