Beer, pull tabs, and carnival games: It's church picnic season [Southern Indiana]


I just finished a long weekend working at the church picnic of my childhood parish. I have a lot of fun working the picnic—my family works one of the game booths, and it's a blast watching people win prizes. But, even more fun than working a church picnic is being on the other side of the game booth and experiencing the games, rides, and fun as a patron rather than an employee.

Hanging out at church picnics is one of my favorite things to do during the summer. Most church picnics feature fair-sytle food, home-cooked meals and prizes, games, rides, beer, and pull tabs, among other things. If you want to go to a church picnic (or a few) in Southern Indiana this summer, here's where you can find them:

June 18-19
St. Mary
New Albany
Friday: 5:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

July 11
St. Joseph
Harrison County Fairgrounds, Corydon
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

July 18
St. Mary, Navilleton
Floyds Knobs
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

July 24-25
St. Anthony of Padua
Friday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m. – Midnight

August 8
St. Mary
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

September 19
St. Michael
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

September 22
St. Mary of the Knobs
Floyds Knobs
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

More information about these picnics can be found on the Archdiocese of Indianapolis website. For Louisville church picnic listings, visit the Archdiocese of Louisville website.

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