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St. Peters Old Tyme Picnic in July
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Merry Go Round and round & round of course!
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What's a local festival without a carnival midway?
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Members of the Harvester Christian Church were one of many forms of free local entertainment presented at the Olde Tyme Picnic.
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Tractor Row! 
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2 little boys were thrilled to find this antique car replica was "just their size"!
Held the 3rd weekend in July, this is a "Can't Miss" event with attractions that will satisfy from the very young to the old.

A Carnival for the young or young at heart with a Ferris Wheel and accompanied by a Merry Go Round will amuse all.

Old Time cars, tractors and other vintage farming equipment will bring back memories to the Old Timers of the area.

Plenty of Food including "BRATWURST" is of course on hand to provide the fuel for people to get around this event.

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A wide variety of craft booths filled the grove under the trees, allowing shoppers to browse in total comfort.
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This oldie, but goodie is a steam powered "shingler." It actually runs on steam created by feeding the engine wood, which is burned and causes the water to get hot. The pulleys make the engine run. It's purpose is to create wooden shingles from raw wood. They were used in this area for generations before the gas engine.
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In Missouri, we don't eat just Hot-dogs.........we eat BRATS (bratwurst)! This young man dives into one of our local favorites with GUSTO.
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Old Threshers Association
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You can't go to a picnic without being drawn to the alluring aroma of fresh Kettle Korn, prepared here by an employee of "Big Don's"...the world's greatest Kettle Corn! (From St. Peters, of course!)
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Awesome "Cop" car!

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Bathrooms as far as the eye can see.....back-to-back, even! No waiting in line here!

Old Tyme Picnic more than Great Food

Outstanding weather and favorable crowds combined to give local residents one of the best Old Tyme Picnics ever. Crowds for the three-day event were estimated between 25,000 to 30,000 people. Even a brief shower Friday evening didn't keep picnic goers away. St. Peter's police officers said there were no incidents to report and that things went even better than anticipated.
Food and game vendors all reported terrific sales and an enthusiastic turnout. All of these are non-profit and for many of them, this is their main fundraiser of the year.
The only event at the picnic that was not free was the Saturday night tractor pull. It included approx. 60 tractors and 20 trucks that huffed and puffed their way into the souls of all those watching, as they let it all hang out while attempting to win their individual events.
The most popular musical entertainment easily had to be Butch Wax and the Hollywoods. Their performance Saturday night kept the crowd dancing until midnight at the main pavilion. It's estimated more than 10,000 attendees came through there that night to hear and see them play & sing. R&B, Blues and Rock also kept the crowds moving to the music throughout the picnic. "There was something for everyone", said one unidentified picnic goer, who said she spent most of her time just dancing and having a great time. Even younger kids were seen swaying and bopping to the rhythm while their parents looked on approvingly.
And if dimples, curls, big eyes and shy smiles are your soft spot, the baby contest was where you wanted to be. This was the third year for judging all the beautiful babies on their cuteness and it was no easy job. Prizes, gift certificates and gift bags were enjoyed by all. Organizers are hoping for even more participation next year.
A variety of craft booths were also to be found for those wanting to take home a locally produced treasure or souvenir. Most crafters were happy with their sales volume and planned to return next year.
If mouthwatering food was your real agenda, then this was definitely the place to be. Kernal Korn, fresh potato chips made on the spot, flavorful bratwurst and more greeted those who came with hearty appetites. And none left disappointed or hungry.
A carnival midway was there for the young and the young at heart. Kids of all ages were seen excitedly dragging their parents from ride to ride and couldn't seem to get to any of them fast enough. Lines were relatively short and certainly fast moving.
Many local clubs and organizations were there to show off their displays of threshers, tractors, cars and other equipment. Young and old eyes alike got pretty big as they listened with fascination to old-timers tell their stories of "how things used to be".

 

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