Union College invites public to a Western-themed picnic

Published on
August 02, 2012

To kick off the academic year, Union College will host a Texas-sized picnic with small town hospitality.
On Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m., the public is invited to meet students, faculty and staff on the front lawn of campus for a Western-themed party.  Guests are encouraged to help emphasize the theme by wearing traditional Western wear, such as cowboy boots, hats or bandanas.
There will be live music, a mechanical bull, a roasted pig, a watermelon-eating contest and homemade desserts.
Aside from the roasted pig and various side items—including locally grown corn on the cob—there will be a variety of desserts provided by members of the First Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Barbourville.
The Chris Lane Band, an up-and-coming group from North Carolina known for their upbeat style, will perform live. Influenced by artists such as Keith Urban, Eric Church and Jason Aldean, the Chris Lane Band blends rock with traditional country music.
"That Dr. Hawkins, our new president, is from Fort Worth and we're inviting guests to wear their Wranglers is a happy coincidence," said Barbara Teague of the Office of Student Development, one of the event's sponsors. "This is the second consecutive year that Union's block party has taken on a Western theme, and it was very well received last year."  
Visitors should plan to park in the lots surrounding College Street's Ramsey Circle, which will be blocked off to accommodate foot traffic. For more information or to respond that you plan to attend, please contact Monica Clouse in the Office of the President, at mclouse@unionky.edu or 606-546-1215.