A global pandemic won’t stop a tradition that spans over a century.
The annual Mt. Zion Picnic takes place this Saturday, Aug. 1, for what will be its 104th installment.
“We’re scaling it down and shortening it,” said organizer John Nunley. “We usually have a couple of bands and we’ve eliminated those. The thinking is the bands promote the crowds to linger and we also figure this needs to be a money-saving year on our end.”
Also eliminated was the widely popular cakewalk. This decision created some groans, but Nunley said it was the best option considering social distancing guidelines.
“When you have 250 people in a circle, we couldn’t figure out how to keep them apart,” said Nunley.
Hickory Creek BBQ will provide the catering and offer a menu that includes BBQ, hotdogs, hamburgers and more. There won’t be any cooking from the Mt. Zion stand, but drinks, sno cones and soft serve ice cream will be offered. Concessions will be served beginning at 10 a.m.
Canopies will be placed around the grounds to encourage visitors to spread out more instead of congregating under the pavilion. There will still be a silent auction and a live auction.
Nunley said determining the best way to hold the annual picnic has created its share of challenges.
“We’ve had more meetings this past month than we usually have in a year,” said Nunley. “We are glad to be able to continue the picnic because I don’t think there’s ever been a break, even through World War I and World War II.”
For anyone who can’t be in attendance who would like to make a donation, checks can be sent to Mt. Zion Cemetery, 193 Lynn Road, Morrison, TN 37357.