Crossroads residents can expect all the traditional picnic fun with a few more new additions at this year’s Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church spring picnic in Shiner.
The 33rd annual picnic is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Park, 102 S. Ave G in Shiner. More than 800 volunteers are involved in the preparation and execution of the picnic, said Philip Pilat, the general picnic co-chairman.
This year, there will be a memorial tribute in the evening rather than at noon. There will be a musical memorial tribute performed by the Chris Rybak Band at 7 p.m., Pilat said. Rybak will perform several patriotic songs and there will be a raising of the flag at that time as well.
New children’s activities have been added. In addition to the games and activities offered in the children’s area of the picnic, a new game called “bank shot” will be available for children. The petting zoo will also have a pony and a baby calf.
“The parents and kids love the petting zoo, so we’re glad to have a couple more animals at the zoo,” Pilat said.
The picnic dinner will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hall, and will include Shiner picnic stew, fried chicken and country sausage with all the trimmings. Plates to-go will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until sold out, at the Kaspar Pavilion in Green-Dickson Park. All plates are $10 each.
“We are preparing to serve about 5,300 people,” Pilat said.
The country store will have canned and baked goods, kolaches and pigs-in-a-blanket from 8 a.m. until sold out.
The auction will begin at noon, with a wide variety of item such as food and farm items, quilts, Spoetzl Brewery memorabilia, trips and vacations. The cattle auction will begin at 3 p.m., Pilat said.
Picnic hamburgers will also be available in the evening.
Bingo will take place from 3-7 p.m. inside the dining hall, along with a grocery wheel and a cake walk. There will also be free music inside the hall beginning at 11 a.m. with accordion music performed by local accordion musicians; the Shiner Hobo Band will perform from 2 to 4 p.m.; and Mark Halata and Texavia will perform from 4 to 7 p.m.
Music outside at the beer stand will include Vic and Beav from 1 to 3 p.m.; The Alpine Express Duo featuring Terry Cavanagh from 3:30-6:30 p.m.; and the Chris Rybak Band from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
A dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. will be feature The Emotions. Admission is free for adults 21 and over.
Raffle prize drawings will begin at 10 p.m., including the special prize of a 1526 HST Mahindra Tractor. There will also be $6,000 worth of raffle prizes, Pilat said.
Pre-picnic activities will be on Saturday, with a motorcycle run beginning at 11 a.m. The restored historic beer stand will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and barbecue on a bun will also be served. Music will be provided from 7 to 10 p.m. by the Mama Tried Band. All the pre-picnic activities are free.
“We look forward to having everyone out at the spring picnic,” Pilat said. Philip Pilat