28 June 2010

Attention All with Iowa Roots!

The 110th Annual Iowa State Picnic is being held on Saturday, August 14th from 9:30 to 2:30 at the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club, 1109 Federation Drive, Long Beach, CA 90804.  At about 11:30 the potluck
will start.  Bring a dish to share, your own beverage, and your own eating utensils.  Let us know if you are coming by calling 562.421.0726 or E-mailing: stookesberry@gmail.com.

The Lawn Bowling Club has several picnic tables, is handicapped accessible with plenty of parking.  However, extra chairs may be needed.

Take East Anaheim Street West, Left on Park Avenue, and left on Federation Drive.  Or the 22 Freeway-West turns into 7th Street.  Take 7th Street West, and Right on Federation Drive.

Thanks to Liz Myers for notifying us of this event.


  1. My grandmother, Minnie Wallace Hague, from Des Moines, IA used to attend these picnics. She lived near Echo Park in Los Angeles. I have a photo of a large group of the attendees one year - maybe from the 1930's(?). If you would like a copy, I'll find the photo and email you a copy if you'd like. Let me know where to email it to. Please let me know. Sincerely, Donna Hague Wendt
    donwen at aol.com

  2. Donna, I'd love to see it. You can email it to me at phinkel@gmail.com. I have read about these picnics many times in the Historic LA Times and the other old-timey newspapers. It will be fun experiencing that kind of history first-hand.