Picnic prevails over storm

Posted July 24, 2013 at 12:00 am

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AS THE OLDEST MALE AND FEMALE attending the picnic, Darlene Johnson and Wilbur Hurd were grand marshals for the parade. Ken Stevens is driving.

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WITH THEIR PARADE ENTRY titled “There’s no place like South Hand,” Stephanie Cavenee, Amy Blum, Piper Blum, Chisum Blum, Cole Cavenee, Mark Cavenee and Chance Blum earned most original in the 2013 South Hand Old Settlers Picnic Parade.

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“WHO’S CHASING WHO…over the rainbow” was deemed the most humorous parade entry. Wicked Witch is Ann Price behind the wheel. Others participating were Emily Schaefers; Jenna Schaefers was Dorothy, and Holly Schaefers popped up as the flying monkey grad.

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THESE COLORFUL “CRAYONS” were deemed most creative. Being pulled by Grandpa Terry Johnson are Brooks Johnson, Jennifer Haring, Taylor Haring, Carly Haring, Ava Johnson. Front, Kaitlin Musch, Alexis Johnson, Ashley Haring, Erin Musch, Halle Haring and Matthew Haring.

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The 2013 South Hand Old Settlers Picnic, held June 21, proved to be one for the record books. Mother Nature put on quite a show before it was all said and done.

The horse events kicked off the day’s activities, and participants enjoyed a morning of fun and games.

As families gathered for a picnic lunch, the clouds rolled in, and the day got cooler. The wind began to blow as parade entries lined up for display. Undeterred, the festivities went on.

Parade marshals Darlene Johnson and Wilber Hurd, the oldest woman and man in attendance, led the parade. The parade theme was “Over the Rainbow.” No one could have guessed the theme to be so fitting for the day. With nearly a dozen entries, picnic-goers enjoyed watching a creative array of themes.

Just as the parade ended, the storm hit. It rained; it hailed, and the wind blew like none other!! Vis Grove cleared quickly, and everyone in attendance made it safely to their destinations.

With the pork loin already cooking and the sun shining, Randy and Gwen Johnson opened up their home for the pork supper. Shannon Duxbury and Amy Blum provided entertainment after the meal. The turtles even got to strut their stuff, and the kids ended their day with a lot of fun.

The good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise too high, we’ll do it all again next year for the 110th South Hand Old Settlers Picnic.

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