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    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
    Clarksville
    Friday 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    Saturday 2 p.m. – Midnight

    August 8
    St. Mary
    Lanesville
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    September 19
    St. Michael
    Charlestown
    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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