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Picnic Day: Timeline

By From page A4 | April 11, 2014

• In 1909, the first ever Picnic Day was celebrated between faculty members and students. For publicity, Molly the cow walked from Davis (then Davisville) to Berkeley, taking 97 hours.

• In 1927, the county Board of Supervisors petitioned for Picnic Day to be a holiday, though this was later denied.

• In 1935, 8 students rode on horses from Davis to Sacramento to invite the governor to Picnic Day.

• In 1936, High School bands had to camp on hay because there were no other available accommodations.

• In 1951, students pushed wheelbarrows to Berkeley for publicity.

• In 1954, fraternities and sororities were in charge of clean-up.

• In 1972, the Weiner Dog Race (now the Doxie Derby) was first introduced.

• In 1987, the first-place float of the Alpha Phi ended up in flames.

• In 1991, the first body-building contest was introduced.

• In 2001, a sheep in the animal events area ran away.

• In 2003, the Multicultural Children’s Faire was introduced.

• In 2007, due to rain, all outdoor animal events were canceled. The parade continued as always.

• In 2007, Non-Profit Organization Faire was introduced.

• In 2009, UC Davis celebrated its Centennial, and Picnic Day was selected as one of the three major events for the Centennial celebration.

Tanya Perez

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