Editor’s note: To see how Picnic Day has evolved over time, the following article excerpt is from the April 1931 issue of The Blue Anchor, a monthly publication of the California Fruit Exchange, based in Sacramento.
By Leslie Waight, Publicity Chairman
Plans are rapidly being consummated for the 22nd Annual California Aggie (University Farm) Picnic Day to be held in Davis on April 18, and agriculturists all over the state of California are so arranging their programs as to make attendance at this function possible.
On Friday night prior to Picnic Day, those interested in drama as presented by a collegiate repertoire will be able to attend the Glee Club production of “Cleopatra” — an entertainment well worth seeing.
Saturday morning, a fashion show will be presented in which the latest models of dress from bathing suits to full evening attire will be shown. This show will give the women an opportunity of enjoying an interesting tete-a-tete while observing the movements of the models which show the latest in styles and trend of decoration. Of course, the well-dressed mannequins will have their appeal for the men who will be privileged to attend this showing.
In the afternoon, a parade consisting of four major divisions will be in progress. The first division shall consist of all the floats of the fraternities and halls, the second shall be made up of chambers of commerce and other kindred organizations, the third division will be livestock and farm machinery, the last division will be that of the floats provided by the different Farm Centers. The parade will be so arranged that a smooth-flowing and interesting panorama will be unrolled before the throngs of people that will line the parade-way.
Ample opportunity will be given California Aggie visitors for the inspection of the Poultry, Animal Science, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, Pomology, Truck Crops, and the Dairy Industry divisions — giving the farmer a chance to see the methods and practices of scientific agriculture. Faculty members will be in their respective divisions ready and willing to answer questions and give out any material which the agriculturist should solicit.
Many of the elements of the old-fashioned picnic will be present. Refreshments will be ably vended by courteous attendants in booths strategically and conveniently located on the campus — here thirsty farmers will be able to quench their desire for drink by sipping the frigid and refreshing cider and punch. The youngsters will be able to top off the pleasure of the eventful day by eating the delicious and cooling ice cream (a product of local dairy specialists).
April 18th will be a significant date indeed, for on this day the agriculturalist will mount the pedestal of sovereignty and from this point of view the royal entertainment that is provided for him. The record-breaking crowds that will undoubtedly attend this annual function will be conclusive proof that the agriculturists of California are standing back of the College of Agriculture.
The students and faculty of the California Aggies extend their hearty invitation to the people of California to attend their 22nd Annual Picnic Day … a good time will be guaranteed to all.