Andalusia Pilot Club plans annual Picnic on the Square

Published 9:15 am Monday, April 10, 2023

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For the second straight year, the Pilot Club of Andalusia will hold its annual picnic on the square in downtown Andalusia on Thursday, April 20, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

This tradition first began several years ago when the Luncheon Pilot Club held the event.

“The Luncheon Club had a great idea to do this picnic every year for quite some time before they merged with the nighttime Pilot Club. We want to keep this tradition going as long as we can and are excited to be back for another year on the square. We invite everyone in the community to come out and support the Pilot Club on this day,” Pilot Club President Mellisa King said.

The event is always held in April around Earth Day each year to coincide with the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce’s Clean and Green Initiative event.

“Everyone looks forward to coming out to grab lunch and visit with friends while listening to entertainment. The live entertainment is a draw for you to have music while you enjoy your picnic lunch. This year, we are privileged to have Michael Brant who will be performing. He is an upcoming local musician from Florala who opens for the 55 South Band.”

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any Pilot Club member in advance. Tickets may also be bought the day of the event. The Pilot Club will also be accepting pre-orders to be delivered to local businesses.

This year’s picnic lunch includes a sandwich of choice, chips, fruit, a dessert, and a drink. Sandwich selections are homemade chicken salad, ham and cheese, or pimento. Drinks that will be available are Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and water.

“Last year was the first time Pilot Club took over this annual event. We are excited to offer homemade chicken salad this year. Of course, our desserts are homemade as well. This will be an option we did not have our first time, but we are excited to showcase local homemade food as part of our selections,” she said.

All proceeds from the event go back into the organization’s needs in Covington County. The Pilot Club recently presented a check for $2,500 to Meredith’s Miracles and has planned another upcoming check presentation.

“We are in the process of fulfilling some needs for the nurses who care for the children in our school systems here in Covington County. This equipment will aid them in their jobs, and it is also a way for us to contribute by giving back to the community, which is what the Pilot Club focuses on. ‘Do More, Care More, Be More’ is our motto.”

The Pilot Club’s main focus is brain-related disorders and mentoring for caregivers. Meetings are held the fourth Monday night of every month at the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce.

“If you are interested in making a difference in where you live, we invite you to join us. Thank you to everyone who supports us, and we look forward to serving you lunch for our annual picnic,” King said.