Record turnout for city picnic

The city had planned for a crowd of up to 900 for its seventh annual Bayou Picnic on Saturday. About an hour into the two-and-a-half-hour event at East Grand River Park, Mayor Roger Bergman had to announce to the people waiting in line that they've run out of food. "I never had to announce we ran out of food before,' he said. The city scrambled to order dozens of pizzas from several Grand Haven pizzerias, but still didn't have enough to go around.
Mark Brooky
Aug 29, 2011


“So we fed them ice cream,” Bergman said, as Sweet Temptations trucked in more barrels of vanilla ice cream.

The record of 1,138 free meals served on Saturday eclipsed the previous record of 874 a couple of years ago, Bergman said. Exactly 800 were served at last year’s city picnic.

Bergman attributed the large crowd to beautiful summer weather and that the word must be getting out about the community picnic.

“We do this as kind of a celebration,” the mayor explained. “It’s the end of summer for people. We’ve had a lot of visitors, a lot of friends and relatives that have come to Grand Haven this summer, and this is just a kind of celebration — we got our city back, and it’s time to just enjoy your neighbors and friends here at the picnic.

To read more of this story, see today's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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