Parish Picnic Gets Crowd Despite Rain

Friends enjoy the Scrambler ride on Saturday afternoon at the St. Mary Magdalen Parish Picnic. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Two girls enjoy the Scrambler ride on Saturday afternoon at the St. Mary Magdalen Parish Picnic. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Despite a rainy weekend, the annual St. Mary Magdalen Parish Picnic attracted hundreds of people on Friday and Saturday. Friday night was mostly dry and the carnival rides, live music, games and barbecue were in full swing. On Saturday it sprinkled on and off for much of the day but it didn’t stop people from coming. It helped that there was a covered eating area and games in the school’s gym. The annual event raises money for the parish’s school.

The Wild Thing ride.
The Wild Thing ride.
Games in the St. Mary Magdalen gym included "I Do'd It," where youngsters tried to throw foam balls into grooves on a wood surface.
In the St. Mary Magdalen gym, three children play “I Do’d It,” trying to throw foam balls into grooves on a wood surface.
Another game in the gym was shooting rubber darts with toy crossbows.
Another game in the gym was shooting suction-cup darts with toy crossbows.
Drew Condra helps his son Ethan aim a crossbow while his daughter Anja watches.
Drew Condra helps his son Ethan aim a crossbow while his daughter Anja watches.
Anja Condra aims for a bullseye.
Anja Condra aims for a bullseye.
While manning the barbecue, volunteer Andy Graning gets a face full of smoke when the wind shifts.
While manning the barbecue, volunteer Andy Graning gets a face full of smoke when the wind shifts.
Two girls do the dance moves to the song "YMCA" while their friend, off camera to the right, sings the lyrics from a karaoke screen.
Two girls do the dance moves to the song “YMCA” while their friend, off camera to the right, sings the lyrics from a karaoke screen.
Two more ride the Wild Thing.
Two more ride the Wild Thing.
A mother nervously watches her young children ride the Wild Thing.
A mother nervously watches her children ride the Wild Thing.
Luke Nolan fishes with a magnet while his sister watches.
Luke Nolan fishes with a magnet while his sister watches.He won an inflatable snake.
Sam Magee (center) and friends drop suddenly on the Gee Wizz ride.
Sam Magee (center) and friends react to dropping suddenly on the Gee Wizz ride.
The Gee Wizz ride.
The Gee Wizz ride.
Three friends love the Scrambler.
Three friends get mashed together on the Scrambler.
Friends share a fun moment in the caboose of the train ride.
Friends share a fun moment in the caboose of the train ride.
The annual picnic fills the church's parking lot.
The annual picnic fills the church’s parking lot.

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