Long-running picnic to continue this year with some changes

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CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A local event that’s been around for more than 150 years will continue in 2020 with some changes.

Bowling Green’s Old Settlers Picnic will take place on August 28 and August 29.

Organizers have scaled the event back a bit this year due to the pandemic.

The Jonah Fish Fry will take place on August 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be a drive-through set-up.

The horse pull will be that evening at 7:30 p.m.

An antique tractor pull will be on August 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Both of those events will have limited bleacher seating, so people are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and practice social distancing.

There will not be any other entertainment, vendors on the grounds or a Saturday meal. However, organizers are still determined to have a good time.

“This has gone on for 152 years straight. It’s not taken a break for World War I or World War II, and I think the committee just wanted to make sure they kept that up, but at the same time keeping in mind that COVID, of course, is going to play a role in how the picnic comes off this year,” says Jennifer Buell.

Proceeds from the event are used to maintain the Bowling Green Community Center and grounds, as well as the historic sign on State Road 46. Officials say they’ve ordered a new sign that will be arriving in a few months.

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