Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 21, 2013

Annual picnic to feature new attractions


“It’s just something else trying to fill the niche and appeal to teens and young adults,” Hakman said.

All ages can take advantage of a new addition this year — a photo booth, supplied by Walnut Street Weddings. The booth will print out photos moments after the flash, and includes a prop box full of funny hats and mustaches.

About 75 items will be auctioned off on Sunday, including furniture, professional sports packages, fitness classes and even a full orthodontic treatment, valued at more than $5,000.

“There are a number of families who have called to tell us they will be fighting over that prize,” Hakman said.

Old favorites will also be featured over the weekend, like carnival rides, the flea market and of course food.

“There’s plenty of good old-fashioned picnic food like brats, burgers and even a sit-down dinner in the parish center on Sunday — chicken and ham and all the fixings,” Hakman said.

The picnic has also expanded a bit to allow for extra seating, bigger flea market aisles and all-around comfort.

“The main thing is the tradition of bringing the family out and enjoying an afternoon or evening of family togetherness, knowing there’s something for everyone to do,” Hakman said. “All the proceeds go to a great cause to help the school succeed. There’s something to do for everyone.”

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