163-year-old Louisville tradition draws huge crowds

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 11 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville tradition that's been going strong for more than 160 years drew huge crowds on Saturday.

Thousands of children and adults showed up Saturday at the annual Saint Joseph Orphans' Picnic in Crescent Hill to participate in the fun, food and entertainment.

The event is a major fundraiser for Saint Joe programs that provide housing for abused and neglected children, as well as foster care and adoption programs.

Among the people who come out to enjoy the festivities were former residents at Saint Joe's.

"Brings back memories," said Cindy Carroll and Debbie White who've lived at St. Joe's for five years.  "We love coming back to the picnic every year. we look at old photos and reminisce about the old times and where we used to play outside."

The picnic continues until midnight at Saint Joe's Children's Home on Frankfort Avenue in Crescent Hill.

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