The St. Joseph's Orphan's Picnic Turns 163
Keith is getting ready for the 163rd St. Joseph Orphan's Picnic this Saturday.
In 1850, only one year after St. Joseph Children's Home was founded, the Orphans' Picnic began. What started out as a small picnic run primarily by a group of Ursuline nuns trying to raise funds for the orphaned children in their care has become Kentucky's biggest picnic of its kind.
Now drawing over 60,000 people a year, the Picnic's sole purpose is to raise funds for St. Joseph's children. All proceeds that are raised with the Friday Night Live Event and the annual Orphans' Picnic go directly back into the Home to support the children's programs.
The next St. Joseph Orphans' Picnic is Saturday, August 11th, 2012 on the historic grounds of St. Joseph Children's Home, 2823 Frankfort Avenue in Crescent Hill. The Picnic averages 63 booths, which include, games of chance, raffles and food and beverages. Over 3,000 people volunteer with their family, friends and co workers to make sure the event runs smoothly.
Several families have been volunteering, in their booths, for over 50 years. Prizes range from new cars to Weekend Getaways. The famous home cooked chicken dinner begins at noon and service lasts until they run out. Picnic Day is on Saturday, August 11th between noon and midnight.
The entrance to the Picnic is off of Brownsboro road and there is free parking available in the back lot. The Midlife Crisis Band and The Epics perform at Friday Night Live August 10th. It begins at 5pm and ends at 10pm.