The community life of Orchard City can be described in a motto stated in the town's master plan: "Live and let live."
Without a core commercial center like ones that host street fairs and special events in other towns, Orchard City's community life is based instead on mutually held values and strong personal and family ties that have sustained its residents through generations.
Without such events like parades at Christmastime, for example, Orchard City instead provides a first-rate community park facility and playing fields that are used by townsfolk and by youth sports programs regionally and statewide, and that give supervised competition and recreation year round.
Orchard City's town picnic has become an annual event in recent years. And like the character of the town itself, the picnic held this year on Aug. 17 at Town Park pavilion, was a low-key, pleasant, friends and neighbors event geared around people enjoying themselves and having a good time together.
The entire town staff and town board contributed to staging the event, and the cookout lunch, pie baking contest, watermelon eating contest, and slip-'n'-slide for the kids hit the perfect pace of activity for the two-hour-long community get-together.
Winners in this year's pie baking contest were: third place, Jan Gage with her pecan pie; second place, Nome Boyd with her almond joy pie; and first place to Marsha Thomas with her lemon strata.blog comments powered by Disqus