103rd Annual Sugar Valley Community Picnic is Saturday


For The Express

LOGANTON — Traditions are important. They are what forms who we are, and what we fall back on when life gets hectic.

A long standing tradition for the people of Sugar Valley, has been their annual Community Picnic.

It is a day where time seems to stand still for the people of the Valley, and for many, it is still their favorite day of the year.

This Saturday, August 17, marks the 103rd anniversary of the treasured event, and once again, families, neighbors, and church folk, will gather under the century-old pavilions to make new memories and strengthen old friendships.

Since 1916, “Community Picnic” has always been held on the third Saturday of August at the same location that it is today.

Over the years the picnic grew and grew, and as time passed, most of the churches of the Valley would set aside this special day to get together as a community and visit, sing songs, worship, and of course, enjoy a big picnic.

Each year a different Sugar Valley congregation takes turns in hosting the event

Even though the name of the event suggests that the picnic is only for Sugar Valley residents, it is not. All are welcome.

The picnic will begin at 10 a.m. under the large pavilion with the annual morning program includes singing hymns, story telling, and a few folks who like to share a wholesome, funny joke.

Noontime brings with it the best-loved part of the day for many, when everyone sits down under the picnic area to have lunch.

Tables and benches are claimed early in the morning, and covered with tablecloths, ready and waiting for hungry bodies and laughing children. Families and churches tend to secure their same spots each year that their parents, grandparents and quite often, their great-great-great grandparents, sat at during previous picnics.

Once again, organizers are asking that visitors share their offerings with their neighbors, by bringing along a “covered dish” to share.

Afternoon entertainment will start at 1:30 featuring the Covalts, a family gospel group out of Penns Valley.

Children’s games begin at 2:30 p.m., and are for ages pre-school through middle-school, followed by bingo at 3:30.

Dinner will take place at 5 p.m., and there be a chicken barbecue of no set cost, with only a jar for free-will monetary donations. Leftovers from lunch will provide the side dishes for dinner.

For those who are still hungry, volunteers from the local churches will be serving up hot sausages, burgers, hotdogs, homemade pies and cakes and hand-dipped ice cream in the center pavilion.

A favorite spot at Community Picnic has always been the beloved toy booth, stocked with old fashioned toys and trinkets. The toy shop is open from the beginning of the day until the end.

The evening entertainment will resume at 6:30 with the Loganton Community Band, as they play treasured songs from many genres. This small-town band will surprise you as you listen to their big-band sounds.

Community Picnic takes place rain or shine and is located on Campground Road, about 2 miles west of Loganton.