Magic Picnic

By Joyce Ervin

Milan Magic Picnic was held recently in Wilson Park compliments of the American 1 Credit Union, who partnered with Milan Parks and Recreation Department.
The event was fun for approximately 300 adults and kids with games, crafts and a free picnic lunch of a hot dog, chips, water and desserts.  Prizes were given as door prizes, with Zoey Hoffman of Saline winning cookies from Life is Sweet Bakery, when her number was called. 
Larger prizes were awarded from business sponsors, Ace Hardware, Cabella’s, Bel-Mark Lanes and the Grostick Team from Realty One in Milan.  Token prizes were given for game winners.
Volunteer Rod Hill was giving coupons for a free individual pizza from Hungry Howie’s for the youngster lucky or skilled enough to throw a ring over a cone. Sophis Johnson walked away with coupon for a pizza.  Logan Schust won some colored Silly Putty.
A Magic Show was the highlight of the event provided by Joseph David Magician Entertainment. The show was held inside the pavilion.  There we found Karen Fraser with her six-year-old grandson, Brayden Mutchler, enjoying the show.
Many businesses, organizations, non-profits, and municipal workers were on site.  Captain Frederick Evans of the Milan Area Fire Department was there with a fire truck telling little ones about fire safety, while they gave that big red truck the once over.
Maggie Wise, event coordinator, from American1CU worked with Ellen Bell from the Parks and Recreation department to make this a big success.  Wise said, “It is nice to see more attending and watch the annual event grow.”
Also helping as volunteers from American1CU were Janis McCleery and Jorden Griffin.  Bell said she wanted to thank the volunteers and vendors.  “They make it possible,” she said.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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