By Katherine Gibbs
Families attended an old-fashioned community picnic at Bend O’ the River Park on July 30 to enjoy a lazy afternoon with games and food. This was the second year that the event was held and was hosted by Temple Parks and Recreation and H-E-B.
The picnic was patterned after Pollyanna, “A simple, family fun kind of picnic,” said Recreation superintendent Charlie Bryan. Picnic tables were placed under the trees so people would be in the shade and board games were placed on every table so families could enjoy a game together. There were plenty of other games for children to play such as a potato sack race, water balloon toss, and croquet. The most popular attraction for the children seemed to be playing in the bubbles.
Most of the families that came to the event, came with their children and grandparents. Erica McDaniel brought her daughter so she could spend some time with her grandma. “We came out to spend some time with family. So we came for a family picnic,” said McDaniel.
A number of people saw the picnic being advertised through Facebook and decided to come based off that. “They just come. We put it out on Facebook do a lot of Facebook blasts,” said Bryan.
Steven Flores, a Temple resident brought three of his kids to the picnic. His wife saw the event on Facebook and told him about it so he figured that it would be something for them to do. “Figured that it would be nice and cool for the kids,” said Flores.
Bonnie Post, a Temple resident saw the event on Facebook and was looking for something to do and thought that her kids would enjoy the picnic. “I like it. I love the music. It’s a beautiful day and the park is nice and green. It’s just really pretty and everybody’s been really nice and there’s stuff for them to do. My daughter loves the clown,” said Post.
A stilt-walking entertainer dressed as a clown kept busy making balloon animals for the children while a band was playing in the background for the parents. Some families brought their own snacks while others bought hot dogs, snow cones and cotton candy.
“We hope as the years continue it will become a larger and larger event where families know they can just come enjoy themselves, have some free food, have some inexpensive food, listen to some great old fashioned music and just have a good time as a family,” said Bryan.