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July is National Picnic Month.

June 18 is International Picnic Day.

- Milton Levine had the idea for the Ant Farm while on a picnic.    
- Ole Evinrude had the idea for the outboard motor while rowing a boat to a picnic.

Hancock Old Home Days

     Do you like picnics? The people of Hancock, New Hampshire, like them so much that what started as a family picnic in 1879 has grown into a picnic that includes the whole town and anyone who has ever lived there!
     Hancock has celebrated Old Home Day for more than 120 years. The celebration includes the Hancock Town Picnic and a parade. Townspeople see the gathering as a way to encourage others who have moved away to come back and visit. Apparently, other people in the state thought it was a good idea as well. Today, invitations are sent out across the country to relatives and New Hampshire descendants to return for the statewide celebration. In 1899, New Hampshire Governor Frank Rollins made Old Home Day a state holiday.
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