Annual Shiner church spring picnic scheduled for Sunday

Several quilts will be sold to the highest bidders at the Shiner Church Picnic auction. Pictured with the quilts are, from left, Mildred Machacek, Lorraine Couvillon and Mary Machacek.

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

Amber Aldaco reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6303.

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Amber Aldaco is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She's covered various events in the Crossroads including a zoo rescue, a biker funeral and a state meeting with the governor. She enjoys singing with her significant other.

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