Carbonado boosters revive old-time picnic

By Jessica Keller, The Courier-Herald

After a hiatus of almost 10 years, Carbonado will once again have a town picnic.

Carbonado residents and those with ties to the town, or who used to live in Carbonado, can attend the get-together beginning at noon Saturday at the 8th Avenue Park. Hot dogs and pop will be served at 1:30, and people should bring a picnic lunch of their own.

Jon Streepy, one of the organizers, said the town used to have community events, called the Old Timer's Picnic, regularly until about 1985. He said the last picnic was eight or nine years ago.

"It's been quite awhile ago," he said. "We're just trying to get this rejuvenated a bit."

At the Old Timer's picnics, residents who used to live in Carbonado would come and meet with friends and family who still lived in the town and they would have a get together. Streepy's mother used to organize those picnics, and he is hoping to pick the practice up again.

"We've been kicking the idea around for a couple of years, and we finally said 'to heck with it, we're going to have it this year,'" Streepy said.

Streepy said, like the Old Timer's Picnic, which used to attract between 200 and 300 people, the organizers are hoping some Carbonado old timers will come back to visit, and people new to Carbonado and other Carbonado residents will attend.

"We don't have the slightest idea the number of poeple we're going to get there," he said.

Streepy said they are having the picnic basically so Carbonado residents can meet new people, meet some old friends and have a good time.

The picnic was originally going to be a potluck, but Streepy said the Pierce County Health Department told the organizers a potluck would be illegal. They did get a permit to serve hot dogs and pop.

Streepy and the other organizers, Steve Morgan and Bill Ostlund, are hoping to have raffles, "but it'll be mostly just a social affair," Streepy said.

He and the others rented picnic tables to set up near the pavilion at 8th Avenue Park, and Streepy said a church in Carbonado also rented a blow-up jungle gym type toy for kids to play on.

"So it will be a family event," he said.

Jessica Keller can be reached at

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