LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – St. Joseph’s Orphan’s Picnic is one of the most historic picnics in the city of Louisville.
2500 volunteers operate more than 65 booths filled with games and food. The event brings in an estimated 60,000 visitors annually.
The picnic is St. Joe’s biggest fundraiser of the ear and there’s no shortage of entertainment and for some, it’s a step back in time.
“This is the cake wheel. Years ago, my aunt used to come out here, play the cake wheel all the time, won occasionally, so I kind of do it in her memory. I never won anything so I kind of wish she’d look down and help me out a little bit,” patron Steve Ridge said.
It seems Ridge’s aunt was watching because he and his wife won a cake shortly after.
For Doris McGaff, coming back to St. Joe’s is about so much more than cake.
"No, I was in the orphanage home here in 1970, my two sisters and I were and I come back and here we are winners," she said.
McGaff recalled when she and her two sisters grew up at the home for orphans.
"It used to be where when we were there, the rooms were like in the movie Madeline where there were dorm beds, rows and rows and now, they've changed it to more apartment living for the kids,” she said.
They’ve since moved to different states and this picnic brought them back together.
"So now we've all come back for like a reunion this weekend for the picnic," McGaff said.
The money raised during the picnic will help pay for four new cottages for St. Joe’s children.
Crews are scheduled to break ground later this year.