Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Area picnics celebrate summer's last holiday
Labor Day picnics are a tradition in both Olive Branch, Ill., and Advance, Mo., where the events are more like communitywide homecomings than small gatherings.
In Olive Branch, about 200 people began Labor Day with a pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m. in the Horseshoe Lake Community Center off Highway 3.
The breakfast was followed by a day of bluegrass music and barbecue. Funnel cakes, snow cones and hot dogs also were part of the picnic fare.
But Sally and Jay Deevers of Cape Girardeau drove to Olive Branch for the music. "When bluegrass gets in your blood, it's in there," Sally Deevers said.
The couple had heard the band Old Santa Fe at a festival last year and wanted to hear another performance.
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