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Mississippi College Alums Invited to Mississippi Picnic in New York

May 24, 2012

Gov. Phil Bryant will be among the guests at the 33rd annual Mississippi Picnic in New York’s Central Park.

Expect lots of fried catfish, giant chunks of watermelon, and visitors from a number of the Magnolia State’s schools, including Mississippi College for the June 9 gathering in the Big Apple.

MC coordinator of alumni affairs Lori Bobo is making her second trip to welcome alumni, friends and other supporters of the Christian university. Mississippi College will share space at big tents in the heart of New York City with counterparts from other schools, including the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State and Southern Miss, at the park’s Bandshell.

There’s no admission charge, but lunch plates are $15, and $10 for children plus $1 for beverages. The picnic on that Saturday runs from noon until 6 p.m., rain or shine.

Bobo will come prepared with loads of information about the Baptist-affiliated university. She’s bringing MC fact cards, alumni brochures, law school packets, T-shirts, key chains and more. About 2,000 visitors are expected again this year.

In office since January, Gov. Bryant has been a frequent visitor to the Clinton campus in recent years. The Moorhead native received his master’s degree in political science at Mississippi College, and served as a part-time government instructor during his tenure as lieutenant governor. In May, Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant spoke to hundreds of women from Mississippi College and surrounding Clinton at a reception.

Bryant is following a gubernatorial tradition in America’s biggest city. Former Gov. Haley Barbour was a regular at the New York picnic during his eight years in office. Every Mississippi governor has attended since the program started in 1979.

 The fun-filled event has received extensive coverage in the “New York Times” and other media outlets. Music at the June event will be provided by The New York City Slickers and a number of Mississippi bluesmen. Economic development and tourism officials from Jackson, the Gulf Coast, Hattiesburg, Oxford, Vicksburg and other cities are booked.

“This is an event that can guarantee good publicity for Mississippi, promote tourism and retirement destinations to the state and educate the public about specific regions of the state,” says Rachel McPherson, one of the event’s founders. “Word of the event’s success has spread, and now other Southern states such as Arkansas and Alabama are trying to do similar events in the New York area.”

All proceeds benefit the New York Society for the Preservation of Mississippi Heritage.

To make a reservation, go to alumni.mc.edu/newyork2012 or contact Lori Bobo at 601.925.3252 or lbobo@mc.edu.


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