By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
Unless someone steps up to the plate, the Pierz Community Picnic — where residents come together to enjoy a little free food and a lot of camaraderie — will end.
The picnic was started in 2003, as part of the city’s visioning process. The old-fashioned picnic was an opportunity to promote the hometown, small-town feel of the Pierz School District area and it became a summer tradition.
Years ago, the Pierz Commercial Club businesses gathered for a merchant picnic after their Crazy Day event, held the first Wednesday in August. That date was chosen to invite the entire community to take part as well.
Consisting of simple fare, such as hot dogs, chips, beans, watermelon and other fresh fruit and cookies, the picnic has been free to the public, because local churches, cities and non-profit organizations donated funds for the food and supplies, as well as volunteers to help.
Some years, nearly 400 people attended, meeting old friends, making new ones, and taking care of neighbors by bringing a donation to the local food shelf.
Those who wish to continue the tradition and who are willing to chair or help organize the event, can call the Pierz City Hall at (320) 468-6471.