Hundreds of Battle Creek area snowbirds have long since flown the coop for the winter, and many of them will be getting together in February for the 86th annual Battle Creek Day Picnic in Lakeland Florida.

Since 1931, it’s been a chance for past and present Battle Creek area residents to get together for a visit, and enjoy the warm Florida sunshine.

Attendance for the event ranges from anywhere from 100 to 800.  

The gathering, always the third Thursday in February, will be on the 16th this year, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lakeland.  Registration starts at 10am, with a $5 fee to cover costs and prizes.   Lunch is at noon.   Bring a dish to pass and your own table service and drinks.  Coffee is provided.

We got a note from Col. (ret) Frank Walker, USAF/ANG, who said there will be 

Lots of fun, door prizes, 50/50 drawings, Battle Creek trivia  and an opportunity to mingle with old colleagues and friends from the Battle Creek area!

The hall is  located just past Joker Marchant Stadium on the right (West)  side of the street.

DIRECTIONS:  If you are coming from the EAST on I-4, take Exit 33 and turn left onto Socrum Loop Rd, go down 2 stop lights and go under the Overpass to SR 33.  Turn right (Lakeland Hills Blvd) heading south.  Hall is on the right hand side just past the stadium.

If you are coming from the WEST on I-4 , take exit 33, turn right onto SR 33 (Lakeland Hills Blvd).  Hall is on the right hand side just past the ballpark. .

Tim Collins