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First 'Old Fashioned' picnic in Wilde Lake a big hit

More than 200 people attended the first Wilde Lake Old Fashioned Family Picnic at Wilde Lake Park last weekend, leading village manager Kristin Shulder to call the event a hit.

"It was a hugely successful event and beyond any of our expectations in terms of resident support," Shulder said. "We had plenty of long time Wilde Lake residents there and there were tons of families and kids. It was great to see the wide variety of ages."

The four-hour event, which began at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, was put on by the village association and featured live entertainment, a moon bounce, an obstacle course, face painting, a watermelon eating contest, food trucks and old fashioned games like a potato sack race and a limbo contest.

Included in the live entertainment was local magician Dean Turner, the Running Brook Elementary School Advanced Strings and local band Any The Wiser. The four food trucks in attendance were Upslidedown Dave, River House Pizza, La Pearl Waffles and Kona Ice. In addition, Curry & Kabob, the newest restaurant to open at the Wilde Lake Village Center, hosted a food table.

According to Shulder, the idea for the event began as a way to feature Wilde Lake Park.

"We thought, 'We have this beautiful location in our village; let's encourage residents to come out'," she said.

Shulder said the picnic, which cost approximately $3,000 to put on, will most likely be back next year.

"It would be hard not to do it again next year," she said.

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