Southern plans annual picnic


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Morgan Ross, early childhood education major, Abbe Banks, elementary education major, and Megan Aldrich, biology major, race against each other during the pony hop races as part of the 35th Annual Spring Picnic April 25, 2014 on the Oval.

Missouri Southern’s 36th Annual Spring Picnic is about to go medieval on students. Sponsored by the Student Activities Office and the Campus Activities Board, the event will be April 24 on the Oval and will feature a medieval theme.

According to Landon Adams, director of student activities, the idea for the theme originated from Southern’s Campus Activities Board, which is comprised of student volunteers who help organize student recreational events on campus.

Students who attend the picnic will be able to engage in several medieval-inspired activities, including a modified jousting tournament where students will use fake bouncing horses and pool toys to compete against one another.

“We’re going to have those set up as like a jousting station in the middle of the picnic,” said Adams. “We’ve got foam pool noodles that you’ll use to joust and it should be pretty funny and humorous for everybody.”

Another activity that will be available for students is a family crest station, where participants will give the vendor their last name to be run through an actual family crest database to determine the students’ family crests.

“They have, I think, over 3,000 names in their database and then they print off your family crest for you,” said Adams, “so that should be pretty cool.”

Additionally, the picnic will feature a leatherwork station, where students can create their own leather bracelet, as well as an inflatable archery range.

“We’ll also have a four-way joust, which is like an old gladiator inflatable where you get up on an pedastal and try to knock other people off,” said Adams.

Given the success of last year’s western-themed spring picnic, Adams expects approximately 1,500 students to show up at the picnic during the three-hour period. Students working CAB will help set up for the event.

“I think it’s pretty awesome that we’ve had 36 all-campus picnics now,” said Adams of the annual event. “I thinks that’s a pretty unique tradition that we’ve got on campus.”

For more information, contact Adams at 417-625-9669.