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Reservations open for Historical Society’s Fall Picnic

Reservations are open until Sept. 28 for the Finney County Historical Society’s 2022 Fall Picnic.

The annual indoor picnic is scheduled at 1 p.m. Oct. 2 in the grandstand meeting room at the Finney County Fairgrounds in Garden City, with a presentation by Kristi Newland, director of Lee Richardson Zoo.  

Newland will focus on the history of Garden City’s popular 95-year-old zoological attraction.

The public is welcome to join FCHS members at the event.  Admission is free but reservations are necessary by Sept. 28.  

The number to call is 620-272-3664 and reservations may also be made in person at the Finney County Museum, 403 S. Fourth Street, where exhibit hours are 1-5 p.m. daily.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.  Fried chicken, beverages and table service will be provided.  

The zoo and museum are separate entities but are located together. Newland was chosen as presenter because the zoo is marking its 95th anniversary.

The zoo was initiated in 1927 by the city and the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League, with two skunks brought in by Lee Richardson, who was Garden City’s first chief of police.  The zoo was formally named for Richardson in 1950, a year before his death.

The Sunday picnic will conclude with a donation drawing, offering cash and merchandise prizes provided by a number of businesses, individuals, families and organizations.  

Tickets for the raffle will be available at the event and through invitations sent to society members.  

Proceeds will be used to support exhibits and programs at the museum.  Advance raffle ticket sales are also under way at the museum at $1 each, six for $5 or 12 for $10.