LARGO – The Pinellas Pioneers’ 49th annual picnic will be held to help celebrate Pinellas County’s 100th birthday Saturday, April 14, starting at 10 a.m. at Shelter No. 3 in Eagle Lake Park, 1800 Keene Road.
“On January 1, 1912, Pinellas County seceded from Hillsborough County and formed its own separate county and government,” a Pioneers news release said.
In preparation for the golden anniversary the Pinellas Historical Commission was formed in 1961 with Ralph Reed serving as the county’s first historian.
Jay B. Starkey founded the Pinellas Pioneers Association in 1963 and all the people who had been Pinellas residents in 1912 or before were designated Gold Star Members. The last of the Gold Star Members, Robert McMullen, died about two years ago, but relatives and friends are carrying on the “Pioneering” tradition.
“As time passed, membership requirements have been greatly relaxed and now, anyone interested in learning about and preserving the history of Pinellas County is encouraged to join in on the fun and socializing, with the only current requirement being that you bring your own picnic basket of food, eating implements and plates for you and your family,” the release said.
Because of the large number of people expected, attendees are asked to bring their own folding chairs for their family.
“When you get there, you will probably meet several of the ‘institutions’ for whom roads, bridges, buildings, etc. are named,” the release said.
At least four of our Pinellas County commissioners, Karen Seel, Nancy Bostock, Neil Brickfield and Norm Roche, will attend. For additional information, call Bob DeLack at 441-1338.