Community at heart of Schnellville Picnic

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

SCHNELLVILLE — The Schnellville community is getting ready for its annual picnic this weekend. And organizers are anticipating a lot of fun, food and fellowship.

Called the Schnellville Picnic, the event will run Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of the Schnellville Community Club, 7855 E. Market St.

“It’s more of a community gathering,” said Mark Knust, vice president of the Schnellville Community Club and one of the event’s organizers. “We’ve done it every year and it’s a lot of fun. And we have people who come back to visit family and neighbors.”

The annual offerings will still be held, like Saturday morning’s car show, Sunday morning’s country run/walk and various raffles, games and food. But a new activity has been added this time: an arts and crafts market inside the community center.

The club’s treasurer, Amy Mitchell, is organizing the market. So far, there are five vendors, but they will have a variety of handmade items for sale, she said.

“There will be handmade American Girl outfits, baby items, wooden toys, crocheted washcloths and scrunchies, cutting boards, wooden signs, quilted pillows,” Mitchell said.

Organizers decided to try a market to entice more people to visit the car show. The arts and crafts market will start at 8 a.m. Saturday — when registration for the car show opens — and will end at 3 p.m., the time car show awards are given out.

“We were brainstorming ideas, and I noticed that many car shows around also have an arts and craft fair,” Mitchell said. “So I suggested we try having one.”

Vendors are still being accepted. Anyone interested can contact Mitchell through the Schnellville Community Club’s Facebook page.

Sunday morning’s four-mile country run is a favorite of the festival, Knust said. The route uses roads that run through the Schnellville community.

“People like it because of the hills,” he said. “The route takes you out in the farm areas, the rolling hills — it’s very scenic, actually.”

And at the finish line, participants get homemade cookies.

“You wouldn’t believe how many people come back because they get homemade cookies,” Knust said.

Food is another attraction of the event, in particular the fried and barbecue chicken dinners the Schnellville volunteer firefighters sell. The meals include the department’s popular potato wedges along with slaw, green beans, a drink and dessert.

“They have their own heavily-guarded recipe for the potato wedges,” Knust said. “They are worth the trip themselves.”

Although the weekend festival does raise some money for the community club and the fire department, that’s not the main reason for the event.

“It’s more to get people to come out and visit,” Knust said. “The facility has changed some over the last few years. We’ve added new restrooms, upgraded the playground a couple years ago. We have projects that are in the works. So it’s a way to get people to come to Schnellville and check out the club and facilities.

“It’s more of a community event than a big fundraiser,” he said.

Schnellville Picnic Schedule

Saturday

8 a.m.-noon Car show registration

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Food stand (sandwiches) opens

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Arts and crafts market (inside the community center)

3 p.m. Car show awards

Sunday

8 a.m. 4 Mile country run/walk registration; food stand opens

9:30 a.m. 4 Mile country run/walk

10 a.m. Country store

11 a.m. Fried and BBQ chicken dinner meals; quilt raffle and grand raffle; ice cream stand; kids’ games

Noon Clogging performance

1 p.m. Kiddie tractor pull registration

2 p.m. Kiddie tractor pull

3 p.m. Grand raffle drawing

Events will happen on the Schnellville Community Club grounds, 7855 E. Market St., Schnellville.




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