Farmers market founder sets sights on community picnic

She founded the Gold Bar Farmers Market as a way to inspire togetherness and improve community perception. Now, Gold Bar resident Rosalyn Santerre is ready for a new challenge, so she's coordinating a community picnic.

The first Gold Bar Community Picnic takes place 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Gateway Park, 517 Orchard Ave. The family-friendly event will feature a barbecue contest, potluck and a variety of old-fashioned fun, including water balloons, a pie-eating contest, limbo, gunny sack races and tug-of-war. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs, a potluck dish to share and paper plates.

Guests and volunteers are asked to arrive at 3:30 p.m. to help with the setup.

"We're really trying to bring the focus towards community and get everyone to meet each other,GÇ¥ Santerre said.

Santerre's goal is to help foster the classic characteristics of small town Americana. Neighbors being neighborly, conversations and bonding between community members ' all the things that make a community strong, she said.

"We don't have that here and we should,GÇ¥ Santerre said. "Hopefully in the future this will lead to movie nights in the park and more family-centered activities that are free and don't require anything but lots of love and friendship.GÇ¥

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