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Mid-Ohio Atheists Picnic 2014

Join us in the beautiful Mohican State Forest for the annual picnic put on by that great group of people from the Mansfield area - the Mid-Ohio Atheists

Please if you can bring a side dish, appetizer, dessert or snack to contribute. As MOA is supplying the burgers & dogs, etc., and lots of people are bringing other stuff, there should be plenty of yummy stuff to eat and drink!

This year's picnic will be held at the North Park Shelter and is therefore rain or shine! Popular blogger/person of many talents JT Eberhard will be a featured speaker; our own Marni T., Mark T. and Sam Salerno will also be talking about the recent FFRF billboard campaign and the circumstances surrounding it.

The address listed above will not be precise, as is the trouble with a lot of locations in state parks etc. Please read the following carefully and note the link to the GPS coordinates:

"This year we will meet at the North Park Shelter once again. Once you are in the forest, follow the signs to the shelter. There will also be a map available soon as well. You will want to use the St. Rt. 97 entrance to access the park for the event. Detailed directions will be available, as GPS is not always accurate in forest locations. The accurate coordinates for the location are ([masked]N[masked]W), if you put that in GPS you will find it without much issue. The physical address always gives GPS issues due to county numbering of roads."

Any further detailed directions will be posted below in the comments.

Also, from the MOA website:

Contest: This year we are happy to announce 2 charities we are involved with for our donation drive contest. Harmony House(a local homeless shelter) and the Humane Society of Richland County. The items that qualify for the contest for each charity are as follows: Harmony House: Toilet Paper, Trash Bags, Paper Towels, and Laundry Detergent and the Humane Society: Dry/Wet Dog or Cat Food, Clay (non clumping) Cat Litter, Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), and Paper Towels. These items are what is most needed by these charities or what they run low on the most. Other items outside of these can be donated, but these item only count towards the contest. A full list will be available of items they accept. Whoever donates the most of these items will win the Grand Prize. We will also have a second prize for the runner up. We encourage everyone to bring items to one or both of these great organizations! Please make sure you check in your donations when you arrive (there will be signs). GRAND PRIZE: 2 Tickets to Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio and $20 Gas Card.

Prizes To say “Thanks!” : this year we will have some fun raffle prizes. Please make sure you check in when you get to the event and get your raffle ticket for the random prize drawings. We will also have a kids “prize pack” as well so they will have their own chance at some kid type goodies to take home with them. This is just small way for us to show our appreciation to our friends who support us by coming to visit us each year, volunteer at our events, or support our many different educational and social endeavors we undertake.

Games & Activities: This year we have made an effort to make this event more kid friendly. We hope everyone brings their children so we have plenty of kids for the activities Meri and Tiffany have planned for the event. There are plans for a Scavenger Hunt, Marshmallow Toss (who’s not up for that?) and a Watermelon Eating Contest…(who wouldn’t want to take some photos of that!? We will have goodies and prizes for the kids so its a fun day for them to meet new people and have a fun day as well. 

Hope to see you there! :)

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  • Pat

    So disappointed. We are leaving Monday for vacation. I love Mohican, love the charities and know I would love the picnic. I thought the billboard campaign was great.

    2 · July 16, 2014

    • Mark T.

      Have a fabulous vacation, Pat! MOA holds these every year, so next year I'll be sure to get it up on our calendar earlier. Meanwhile, we still have to get the CFT 7th anniversary picnic on the calendar... it'll be late Summer, but the date is still uncertain as of yet.

      2 · July 16, 2014

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