Oran 4th of July Picnic

Oran 4th of July Picnic
By:  CJ Cassidy

Oran, MO -- In the Heartland, people celebrate the 4th of July in a variety of ways, but one small community showed an especially big sense of community spirit in the way they handled thier festivities.

The Oran picnic appears to be a throwback to a simpler time, when people would all just come together to share a meal and talk.

It isn't just the red, white, and blue foods that attract hundreds of visitors to the picnic every year.

"It's a good family get-together, we show our patriotism and show what we stand for," Henry Trankler with the Knights of Columbus says.

The group sponsors the festivities, and members say the picnic represents shared values and preserved traditions.

Mary Schlitt has volunteered to cook at the gathering for going on 24 years, and served thousands of people along the way.

Schlitt says each plate is also heaped with a serving of love and to her, that makes all the difference.

"We have a lot of visitors lots of families that come home on the 4th of July, we're just a close knit community," Schlitt says.

Close to 2,000visitors pass through the picnic each year...

Many make a day of it and have lunch and supper out there.

They say it really helps keep them in touch with each other and also when it comes to making new friends.