The annual community picnic at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stones Prairie, northwest of Purdy, will be held on Friday, July 16 beginning will begin at 6 p.m.
According to a church spokesman, the annual event typically draws more than 1,000 people on a clear day. Cooks plan to serve bratwurst, hamburgers, homemade pie and ice cream until 8:30 p.m. or when supplies run out.
Live music will be provided by Country Grasshoppers and Flat Creek Bluegrass.
Attractions include the third annual show of antique farm implements and tractors on the grounds behind the cook shack. A parade of farm vehicles is planned around 8 p.m. Horse and wagon rides will again be offered throughout the evening.
Old-time games will be located around the picnic area grounds. Activities will include the five-pin bowling alley built by Fred Hemmerling in the 1950s, the milk can softball toss, golf putting and the "Grand Prize Game," which involves throwing a ball in a can like in the old Bozo TV. Grand prizes available this year include a $50 savings bond from Freedom Bank or First State Bank or a $75 gift certificate for a new bicycle from Coast to Coast in Monett.
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League will again offer a bazaar and country store with baked goods and quilts. A raffle will be held for a queen-sized quilt, a baby quilt and an afghan. Chances are available at the picnic.
In case of rain, the picnic will be held on Saturday. For more information, call Mark McMillin at 417-389-0517.
The church is located west of Highway 37 on Farm Road 2060, north on Farm Road 1057, then west on Farm Road 2057.