Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How To Plan a Company Picnic Everyone Will Enjoy!

August 21, 2012: It is that time of year again when all the work the HR Departments put into the annual COMPANY PICNIC get the “I do not like these people when I have to work with them every day, why would I go spend a day off with them?” reaction as only a few show up.
The planners of the North-Central Region of WesBanco have the answer and have given me permission to show how to do it. Granted not every company has a Shinnston, West Virginia but look around at the facilities in the area as they did. 
WesBanco rented the pavilions at Shinnston’s Ferguson Memorial Park for their company picnic on August 19, 2012.  The large pavilion had registration and tables for the food that was catered and a grill was brought in for the burgers and hot dogs. It was a beautiful day for a picnic – blue skies with a perfect temperature and a slight breeze for perfection.
Some employees hearing the West Fork River Rail-Trail was nearby - actually bordering the Park - brought their bicycles to go for a ride to work up an appetite before dinner was served. Walkers could use the walking trail that rings the Park. 

A Bouncy House and the snow cone truck were on the rise above the parking area (and there was a line for snow cones).

One of the busiest places was down at the Bocce Court where a WesBanco Corn Hole Tournament was taking place.

There were even trophies for the winners!

They used two of the small pavilions for other activities. One was set up for sand art for all ages and children activities such as temporary tattoos and duck pond. The other was a popular Bingo pavilion.

Some decided a dip in the zero-grade pool with water slide was the activity of choice.

The WesBanco team had something for everyone of every age group! It was not the old sit around looking at each other and listening to speeches and being bored to death to eat a so-so picnic dinner.

So listen up Picnic Planners everywhere. There is hope. Find a park like Ferguson Park and caterers as good as Casey’s and you too will hear only words such as “It was a great picnic!”