HULL, Ill. -- A 92-year-old community tradition will be observed in Hull this weekend when the Hull Lions Club hosts its annual picnic.
"We're hoping for big crowds," said Lions Club President Quinton Duncan.
And with weather forecasts calling for moderate temperatures, attendance for the three-day event should be good. Duncan said the Lions usually serve about 500 chicken dinners. This year it could be higher.
Erin Winningham, who helps with the pageant for the Little Miss and Master Hull, Junior Miss and Miss Hull contests, said the picnic has lots of different activities and attractions that might appeal to different age groups.
"I've only been in town since 2008, but I've been doing some pageant work for five or six years," Winningham said.
The Hull Picnic serves in many ways as a community reunion but also tends to welcome people from surrounding areas. Winningham sees people from Hannibal and Quincy in the crowd.
The West Pike School holds a reunion as part of the annual event, and classes from the school often ride floats in a parade. There's a 5K and 10K race, or walk, an antique tractor pull and lots of food vendors.
Duncan said in his view the chicken dinner is the biggest draw.
Winningham said cheerleaders always support the chicken dinner, and she too said it's very popular.
"Community members definitely come back every year, but everybody is welcome. You will see all ages, and there are things for everyone in the family," Winningham said.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with events such as face painting, musical entertainment and a teen dance.
Saturday will get rolling with the Hull of a Race. A baby contest, parade, games, stuffed animal and pet show will be held before the Lions Club chicken supper begins at 4 p.m. The West Pike All School Reunion will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hull Community Center.
An antique tractor pull will wrap up the festivities from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hull Fertilizer Plant.
The event raises money for community activities, and after 92 years, the organizers say Hull has found a way to please a broad cross-section of people.
"It's a friendly place," Winningham said.