Reservations are open until Sept. 29 for the Finney County Historical Society’s (FCHS) 2021 Fall Picnic.
The public is welcome to join FCHS members at the event.
The annual picnic is scheduled at Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. in the grandstand meeting room at the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City, Kan.
Everyone planning to attend is asked to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. Fried chicken, beverages and table service will be provided.
Those attending should exercise their own best judgement about precautions and virus immunity. Masks and hand sanitizer are not required but will be available.
Lara Brehm, executive director of the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kan., will give a presentation at the event.
The Boot Hill Museum can trace its roots to an Old West cemetery setting in the 1920s, followed by an initial building in 1947 and the first Front Street replica structures in 1958.
Notoriety ballooned after the premiere of the 1955-75 “Gunsmoke” TV series. The museum, dedicated to Dodge City’s days as a rough and tumble Cowtown in the 1870s-80s, recently underwent major renovations.
The Sunday picnic will conclude with a donation drawing, offering cash and merchandise prizes provided by several businesses, individuals, families and organizations.
Tickets for the raffle will be available at the event and through invitations sent to society members.
Proceeds will be used to support exhibits and programs at the museum. Advance raffle ticket sales are also under way at the museum at $1 each or 12 for $10.
Admission is free but reservations are necessary by the Sept. 29 deadline. Call 620-272-3664 to make reservations or make them in person at the Finney County Museum located at 403 S. Fourth Street, where exhibit hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. seven days weekly.