By Bill Sheets Herald Writer
MARYSVILLE — What started as a small potluck in the park has grown to an event drawing more than 300 people every year.
Jean LeBarron, 80, has been going to the city of Marysville’s Senior Picnic Barbecue every year since it started in 1998.
“We just enjoy it; it’s outdoors,” LeBarron said. “It gives us an outing to see people. It’s good to get out.”
Last year, the Comeford Park event drew 320 people, said Maryke Burgess, manager of the Ken Baxter Senior-Community Center in Marysville.
The city provides all the food for $3 per person. This year it’s barbecued salmon and fried chicken. A DJ will play music.
LeBarron said she has lived in Marysville since she was 7. Because of the anonymity that comes with the city’s growth, it’s not as easy to connect with others as in the past.
“There was one stoplight in town when my husband and I got married (in 1947),” LeBarron said. Now, “you can go into town and not see anyone you know.”
The picnic is a chance to see people she hasn’t seen for awhile, she said.
The event is sponsored by several local businesses and organizations. This year’s picnic will be emceed by Barbara Lester of Grandview Village assisted living and John Hove of the Marysville Care Center.
Bill Sheets: 425-339-3439; email@example.com.
The city of Marysville’s 13th annual Senior Picnic Barbecue is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 10 at Comeford Park , 514 Delta Ave. Tickets are $3 and available at the Ken Baxter Senior-Community Center located in the park. Tickets will be on sale until sold out or until Aug. 5. All food is provided and the event is for people age 50 and over. More info: 425-363-8450.