Picnic organizers build on success

The 2015 Kiel Community Picnic was a huge success, organizers said, and they are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 Kiel Community Picnic Aug. 11-14.

This year’s picnic is scheduled to kick off Thursday night, Aug. 11 with the traditional alcohol-free Family Night and a prize drawing which will be available to kids 16 and under.

A weekend of free entertainment will be led off on Friday night, Aug. 12 by the Kiel Municipal Band in the band shell and new this year will be the Spicy Tie Band in the main tent. For the polka lovers, Jerry Schneider will perform Saturday morning, Aug. 13 in the main tent followed by the Happy Schnapps Combo in the band shell later that afternoon. To finish up the evening Johnny Wad will be on the stage in the main tent. Sunday morning, Aug. 14, will start with the Association of Commerce Parade down Fremont Street, followed by the Kiel High School Show Choir performance in the park. Stay to close the weekend with Vic Ferrari.

Rides and games for the young or young at heart will be provided by Christman amusements with three days of wristbands for rides available.

The food stand will be serving up a weekend of food featuring grilled hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, grilled chicken breasts and the famous steak sandwiches. Also be on the lookout for the sandwich of the day specials—last year’s BBQ Pulled Pork and Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwiches were a big hit. To quench one’s thirst enjoy a wide

variety of beverages including assorted sodas, Bud and Miller products as well as some specialties such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Jack Daniels Down Home Punch, and Spotted Cow.

This year’s raffle once again will include a top prize of $1,000. Tickets will be available for sale from many local merchants or from members of the Kiel Lions Club and Kiel Optimist Club starting around June 1.

The picnic would never be a success without the help of all the volunteers from the community. Organizers expressed appreciation to all who helped last year. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help with this year’s picnic, please contact Al Schreiber at (920) 242-5155.