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Last year our first Annual Picnic was a great success and another was planned for this year on August 28, 2004.

The day came, the weather cleared up, and over thirty volunteers showed up to help out. We set up tents, tables, chairs, and laid out areas for the children’s games. This year we added a bubble station sponsored by Mount Calvary Pre-School, bowling by Village Bowl, balloons by Tower Bank and hockey by Fort Wayne Komets. Lucky Lewie out did himself with the balloon animals!

The younger children were able to take part in several games and win many prizes. All prizes were donated by sponsors. The children enjoyed face painting, tattoos and painting ceramic tiles provided by Doni Adams of Art Source. They had fun in the Moonwalk and watching the magician, Andy Haines.

Many other volunteers set up the picnic food in the main building. Everyone enjoyed pizza, hot dogs, nachos with cheese, veggies, chips, cookies (by Archway and Subway), ice cream (by Atz), frozen bars (by Edy’s) and cakes from the Waynedale Bakery. This year, we added a cotton candy machine, which was a big hit.

Thanks to the businesses, and‑volunteers of the Waynedale Community Picnic for their great support. You are wonderful! Your donations made this event possible. If you were not there, you should have been. You missed out on a big time! We had a fantastic picnic on the green. We estimated 900+ guests.

Special thanks to the volunteers that helped at the picnic:‑ Ruth Offerly, Rosemary Ankenbruck, Sandy Bunn, Rose Cox, Jeanne Stayanoff, Jackie Gay.‑ Thanks also to Councilman Tom Hayhurst for his support of‑this community project, Fort Wayne Parks Department, Diane Hoover, and Charlie Meyer of Avalon for popcorn.‑ More thanks to Robert Gungenhouser, Karen West, Sandy Carpenter, Marge Johnson, Billie Rykard, Ruby Palmer, Claudia Casiano, and Belinda Schroeder, for food service.

D.J. Phil Bonahoom rocked! He played all our favorite songs! Kim Householder and Jim Rorick did the tattoos. Thanks to Sue Bonahoom and‑Pam for calling Bingo, Jason Groover for spinning cotton candy and Icy the Komets Mascot.

The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts helped with the children’s games. Thanks to volunteers Sandy Carpenter, Neil‑ & Joan Hallback, Tara Hass, Al & Sue Ann Such, Barb Sanders, Myrna Nichter, Lynn and Sue Pratt, George Hoger, Jim Seckler, Ben Haugh, Don Connett, Barb Sanders, Sue and Brian Busse, John & Marsha Hackenberg, and John Englehaupt.

Officer Mark Lowden brought his trusty K-9 dog, Zorro and the S.W. Fire Department, Ambulance Crew and Police Department showed up to help out.‑ Shawn Wall brought his racecar, which the kids of all ages loved. Ace Hardware, Coe Heating and Peter’s Body Shop advertised on their marquees and there were many lawn signs placed in our neighbor’s yards.

The six bike winners were: Austin Mudler, Maddy Lichtsinn, Gubbi Shipley, Scott Meyer, Wesley Lorimore and Leslie Storm. Marshall Long won the Peg Perego three-wheeled motorcycle donation.

Thanks to the clean up crew, and to all the great volunteers! Everyone worked so hard.‑‑‑‑‑

We would even like to pat ourselves on the back for this great community event! 


The Picnic Committee,‑

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