By LYNN HAMILTON
The 2003 Labor Day Picnic, a Saline City tradition, is scheduled to begin Saturday at 7 a.m. and there will be "something going on all the time," according to 97-year-old Mary Barnhart, a long-time resident of the town. She helped in organizing the picnic for several years and now much of her family is involved.
This year's picnic will take place at Graves Field as it has for quite some time. The field is named after the sole Saline City casualty in World War II, William C. Graves.
Parking and entertainment are free although the Picnic Association will gladly accept donations. The contributions, along with profits from various stands and games, will be used in the upkeep of the grounds and buildings and help the "Poor Man's Picnic" stay alive.
Barnhart describes the event as a "homecoming." She says that "people raised around here mostly come back visiting." However, the picnic has something for everyone's enjoyment, including a co-ed softball tournament, tractor pulls, crafts and "good fair entertainment."