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Reservations Open For Annual Finney County Historical Society Picnic

Judd Weil-News Director judd.rmmedia@gmail.com


[FINNEY COUNTY, Kan.]

Reservations are open until Sept. 28 for the Finney County Historical Society’s (FCHS) 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, Kan.


The picnic event will feature a presentation by Kristi Newland, director of Lee Richardson Zoo. Newland’s presentation will focus on the history of Garden City’s popular 95-year-old zoological attraction.


The Lee Richardson Zoo and Finney County Museum are separate entities but are located together. Newland was chosen as presenter because the zoo is marking its 95th anniversary.


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


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 was initiated in 1927 by the City of Garden City and the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League, with two skunks brought in by Lee Richardson. Lee Richardson 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 several businesses, individuals, families, and organizations.


Tickets for the raffle will be available at the event and through invitations sent to society members. Advance raffle ticket sales are also under way at the Finney County Museum at $1 each, six for $5 or 12 for $10.


Proceeds will be used to support exhibits and programs at the museum.


To make your reservations for the FCHS 2022 Fall Picnic call 620-272-3664. Reservations may also be made in person at the Finney County Museum located at 403 S. Fourth Street, where exhibit hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. seven days weekly.