HPOU’s ever-popular family picnic: Same activities but at a later time (Nov. 14) and brand new location

HPOU’s 4th Annual Family Picnic – an extremely popular event since the fall of 2012 – is set for Nov. 14, a month later than usual due to the need for a different location – the Houston Farm and Ranch Club, 1 Abercrombie St., in West Houston, near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 6.

This great family extravaganza starts at 2 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Free shuttle service will be available – as always – at the Union parking lot starting at 1 p.m.

There will be plenty of the usual entertainment for both adults and the kids. Event chairman Colton Peverill was excited to point out that there once again will be a wide array of great prizes in the kids-only raffle. Last year the ultimate winner took home a brand new PlayStation 4.

“Last year we ended up with a ton of prizes,” Peverill said. “This year promises to have even more. All raffle tickets are free. All you have to do is pick them up at the gate.”

Of course there also will be an adults-only raffle under these same conditions. Prizes will include – as always – sports memorabilia and other exciting items donated by Houston area businesses in support of HPD and the Union.

Now is the time to pick up enough free admission tickets for the entire family. Tickets are available at the Union Building at 1600 State Street or by calling or emailing HPOU executive assistant Lisa Marino at 832-200-3432 and lisa.marino@hpou.org.

Peverill stressed that the main purpose of handing out admission tickets was to “get an accurate head count” to make sure there will be enough food and drink for all those who attend.

“In reality,” he said, “we will be handing free tickets out at the door the day of the event. No officer and his or her family members will be turned away.”

A disc jockey will be present for musical entertainment early in the afternoon with the FIVE-0 Band on tab to crank up the dancing numbers for the adults later in the day. The band is led by Officer Tim Wyers and also will feature members of Checkered Past, a featured hit at the HPOU’s previous family picnics.

Pressed for details about the prizes in the kids-only raffle, Peverill smiled and promised “many surprises.”

“We will be having something equal to the PlayStation 4 we raffled last year. It most likely will be a PlayStation 4 or X Box or something like that. The kids had a very exciting time last year and we’re certainly going to have much more of the same!

“This event always draws hundreds of kids and this year we hope to set a new attendance record. We know it’s later in the fall and it might be a little cooler. But that might not be so bad.”

The three previous years saw the event happen at Tin Hall in Cypress but that location is no longer available.

The bounce house and other fun-filled activities will be on hand alongside the Game Truck, an 18-wheeler loaded with video games geared toward, well, the video game generation.

Here are some other attractions planned for the picnic:

  • Plenty of hamburgers, hotdogs, sides, trimmings and salad. The food will be served from 3-6 p.m.
  • Soft drinks and water will be provided.
  • The family focus also will include face painting, balloon blowers, bounce houses, games of challenge and many more fun activities.

Besides Peverill, the following board members have taken part in the planning of the event, always recognized as the Union’s greatest family event of the year. Those board members are Tom Hayes, Joe Gamaldi, Luis Menendez-Sierra, Robert Sandoval, Bill Booth, David Riggs, Tim Butler and Douglas Griffith.