COVID-19: Coronavirus & The Picnic – Will it happen?

Folks,

Let’s be honest.  The COVID-19 pandemic is here.  Speculation of what this means to an outdoor event, and what level of impact our communities will be experiencing on June 6th is unknown, specifically – will it be safe to host this event?

Let’s go with what we do know instead:

Effective today, the State of Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont, issued Executive Order 7 –  Notably – “Prohibition of Large Gatherings. Throughout the State, gatherings of 250 people or more for social and recreational activities including, but not limited to, community, civic, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; movie screenings; plays or performances; conventions; and similar activities; are prohibited. Such prohibition shall remain in effect until midnight on April 30, 2020, unless modified by a future Executive Order.”  Although our Picnic doesn’t anticipate attendance of 250 people, it would be remiss not to acknowledge this prohibition and evaluate for its net effect; health and safety.  Also, this may preempted by the closure of Wickham Park, should it fall under the criteria of the Executive Order 7 prohibition, or a future order, or the discretion of Wickham Park.

Next, let’s discuss feasibility, and our responsibility to our guests and ourselves.   Our Picnic does self-impose health and safety standards to ensure food served to you is safe, and our event is produced in consideration of your comfort and safety.  Now, examining what might be needed, or altered, to ensure we could produce the event with coronavirus in mind, such as additional health and sanitation steps, and fundamental change of the event, we come into some considerations.  Some of these include an increased serving staff, increased use of disposable utensils, serving containers, and other equipment, increased personal protection requirements, alteration of dining footprint, discontinuation of several communal events and activities, modification to food purchasing expense, such as individual portion snacks and beverages – just to name a few items we could implement.  As we have had this discussion, it appears that going ahead with these measures would have a few results – event cost would increase, the enjoyment of the event would be impacted, and despite our best efforts, people could still spread coronavirus easily.

We strive to ensure the health and safety that would be within our scope of influence or control, and even could implement the most stringent steps, but individuals who may present with no symptoms, either before or after being symptomatic of COVID-19  (or not),  could still attend the event, and inadvertently spread coronavirus to others by any means of transmission.  So, even with all the steps we could take,  the interaction and behavior of our guests could undermine our precautions without much effort.

Facing life head on  – it’s how we’ve come to appreciate this event and how we’ve continued to be successful growing it, even after personal events impacted us as organizers and the 2017 Furry Picnic cancellation.  We like to be honest, transparent, and communicate sooner then later – proactive.  2020 is no exception.

You, our furry family, have thanked us by your continued support in light of all the ups and downs, but that thanks and respect has been earned.   So, let’s not make our family ill – a Picnic or a family with one less at the table, is no Picnic at all.

As we will come to see how community and world events unfold, the facts will be evaluated, followed by a final decision Expect this announcement at any time from this point forward and certainly no later than May 1st.

We will continue to update you all on our posture and thoughts as the situation unfolds.  Regardless of outcome, we with to thank you again for your continued support and understanding.

… and stay safe.  We care.

Sincerely,

The Organizers and Crew of the Furry Picnic

Furry Picnic 2020 Registration now open!

Get ready to rumble! Furry Picnic 2020 The Seventh! has arrived,  at its home in Wickham Park, Manchester, CT!

The date this year is Saturday, June 6, 2020, Wickham Park, Manchester, CT!

Non-stop fooding and fun times to ensue – only $10 ($15 at the door)! Please note, new for 2020: Parking is $9.00 a car.

 

Visit our Registration page here, and if you’d like to stay the weekend, check out our Hotel page here our rate info for 2020 will be updated shortly, but whether you make Furry Picnic a day trip or party all weekend long, Furry Picnic is ready to rock!

The 4th Furry Picnic Christmas, etc. Meet @ Denny’s, 621 Queen St, Southington, CT – Wednesday, December 25th!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Snow is on the ground (maybe), Sleigh bells are ringing, carolers are singing, and we’re going to ignore all of that and celebrate in our unique ‘Furry Picnic takes over Denny’s for the evening’ way!

Starting 7 pm and ending when everyone has eaten too much, there will be food and gifts (varying in quality) and frivolity galore!

Ooops, our WordPress theme broke!

Okay, it was 6 years old, but we loved it… and now… it’s gone.

That’s okay, we needed something better for the 7th edition of the Furry Picnic… maybe we’ll get a new one at Denny’s at our 2019 Christmas Meet… stay tuned!

Please bear with us as some pages may be inaccessible.  We should be readjusted by January 2020.

Sincerely,

The Furry Picnic Crew

 

Furry Picnic 2019 is TODAY!

Quick, look at the weather!

https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/ct/east-hartford/KCTEASTH67?cm_ven=localwx_today

82 F and all sun – could be the hottest Furry Picnic yet!  LOOK AT THAT UV INDEX – ouch, sunscreen and hats please! So let’s do this smart!  Stay cool, and stay hydrated!

Hey look – a map!  This is where we are in the park – please drive slowly!

Let’s review what you might want or need:

  • $7.00 cash for parking
  • ID, or your parents!
  • SUNSCREEN! SUNGLASSES! A hat? Yes! And antihistamines for all that pollen.
  • Fun furry things – fursuits… things you like and want
  • Stuff to do with friends, or yourself
  • Food? Drink? Stay hydrated – we’ll help!
  • Maybe a change of clothes?
  • A little bit of money and a little bit of love for our charity raffle!

We’ll also be selling mugs from other years, so you can complete your collection!

 

Preregistration is closed, but just come today, it’s all you can eat and all the fun for only $15 – cards, cash, or PayPal, we’re easy!

 

We can’t wait to see our furry friends, CT Humane Society, and YOU today – see you there!

 

The ID & minor registration requirements have been simplified!

Lots of folks that are older than 13, but not yet in possession of a photo ID have asked about attending the event.  Also, these folks have also wanted to know if they can attend the event without a parent.  After consideration, we’ve decided to allow attendees aged 13 and older to attend without a parent, but with proof of identity and age.  Please read below on these changes:

All attendees must be over 13 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.  All attendees age 13 or older must provide proof of identity and age, as listed below.  Attendees unable to provide proof of age and identity that are not accompanied by a parent will be refused admittance.  Attendees under the age of 13 may attend free, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All attendees that would like to consume alcohol provided by themselves or others, must be 21 years of age, and have a valid federal, state, military, or government issued photo ID. Examples include drivers license, passport, or state photo ID card.

All attendees aged 13 and older must provide at least one form of photo ID with age, issued by a school or government organization. If a photo ID is not available, we ask that 2 forms of identification be provided. In this case, the ID document that shows age must be issued by a school or government organization, the second ID document only needs to verify identity or name. Birth certificates, credit cards, library cards, student ID, work ID, voter registration cards, and non-photo ID will be accepted. To prevent risk of identity theft, please do not use your Social Security card.

Please contact info@furrypicnic.com for questions on acceptable documents not mentioned, or any other registration questions.

Furry Picnic 2019 Door prize announced!

So we’ve got a grand tradition of excellent door prizes at Furry Picnic.  We’ve had tablets, smart watches, smart speakers, and streaming media sticks…  what now, what could be amazing now?

Well, we thought for a bit… and we know what is a bit more fun and still a bit geeky… behold…

A waterproof 4K Action Camera … yeaaaaah, nice… great for fursuiters, great for everyone.  Have fun this summer, take videos of everything… go nuts!  Wi-Fi capable, remote activation, and all the mounts, and a memory card – we got ya!  It’s another great way we like to have fun, so join us as we raffle this at 5:00pm at the picnic!

See you there!

The 2019 Furry Picnic Mug – Orange you glad it’s here!

Want to come to the Furry Picnic? Alpaca lunch!

Back, as secretly foreshadowed in the 2018 mug… (woah, the 2018 mug had an Easter egg?  Yeah… it’s all the years mugs in the 2018 coloring!)  the orange-red color change mug is revealed!  Dishwasher safe, and just so much fun, it’s our gift to you! Add it to your collection! Free for everyone who attends, be sure to register now and make it yours!

See you at the Furry Picnic!

 

2019 Color Art Teaser for Preregistration released!

We always have encouraged everyone to preregister, and why wouldn’t you! Pre-reg makes it faster to get into the picnic and have fun, gets you a badge, and a custom art print exclusive by Foxy!  What’s the Tigress doing in he 6th appearance? Don’t forget – Your early registration helps us with head counts for food, and we really appreciate that, so much, we will hook you up!

 

Remember, the Furry Picnic is only $10 when you preregister, save $5! It’s another way we can say thank you for being a part of the fun!