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Annual Picnic Will Be Held June 17

By Staff | May 31, 2017

The Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Wetzel County Coalition Against Drug Abuse, have teamed up once again for the “Kick Off To Summer Community Picnic.” This will be the fourth year for the event.

The event, free to the public, is scheduled for June 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wetzel County 4-H grounds. Festivities will include fun activities such as inflatables and face painting.

There will also be plenty of food, including pizza, hotdogs, and snow cones.

“We have several things lined up for this year,” noted Sheriff Mike Koontz.

“We had 250 attendees last year, and we are hoping to surpass that this year,” he added, explaining that each year the event has had about the same attendance, if not grown.

The community picnic came to fruition in 2014 after Koontz, along with Deputy Randy Adams, approached the Wetzel County Coalition Against Drug Abuse, with the idea.

Koontz has noted that the picnic is a way to encourage youth to pursue safe and healthy interests, and to steer clear of drugs.

“With all the drug problems that we are having in our area right now, I think that education is going to be very important to help stem the addiction that we have in our area, in our communities,” Koontz said.

He added, “I think things like this picnic are very important to show young children that law enforcement and emergency services aren’t something to be afraid of, and also that there are healthy choices out there to be made. There are healthy activities. That’s what we are trying to highlight with some of the activities we are having at the picnic.”

Koontz said some bicycles will be given away at the picnic, along with fishing poles and motorcycle helmets.

“Some of this is possible through money we raised, and some through donors from local vendors and businesses,” Koontz said.

The picnic will also feature local representatives from the fire department, Air Evac, and Wetzel County EMS.