Picnic Day (UC Davis)

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Picnic Day is an annual open house event held in April at the University of California, Davis. Picnic Day was first held on May 22, 1909.[1] It has grown to be what is believed to be the largest[2] student-run event in the United States, typically drawing more than 50,000 visitors.[3] In 2009, around 125,000 visitors attended Picnic Day - a new attendance record. Most departments put on exhibitions, competitions, or presentations to introduce themselves to the public. Due in large part to UC Davis' reputation as one of the finest veterinary medicine institutions in the country, Picnic Day features dozens of exhibitions featuring animals, including the famed geep, a goat-sheep chimera. Other parts of the celebration include a parade, Dachshund racing, equestrian demonstrations, and a Battle of the Bands.

The size of the event has sparked some controversy. In 2010, there were 545 calls to police.[4] Davis enacted a safety enhancement zone around downtown and doubled fines for certain infractions committed on Picnic Day in the zone.[5] There was one accidental death off campus during the 2011 event.[6]

Picnic Day is organized by a board of directors that consist of 18-20 students, ranging from different backgrounds and talents. In addition to being involved in Picnic Day, these directors are also full-time students and active participants of other extra-curricular activities and events in UC Davis.

Since 1962, the board of directors elects (a) parade marshal(s) to be the distinguished guest(s) of Picnic Day. A subcommittee of directors evaluates a pool of candidates ranging from different backgrounds. In selecting the parade marshal(s), the subcommittee is looking for individual(s) who: shows passion for his or her job, personifies the current theme, represents Aggie Pride, has made contribution to the campus and Davis community, and, most of all, is a role model to society. Picnic Day has selected individuals who have been involved in various fields such as the arts, sciences, politics, etc.

Past parade marshals[edit]

  • 2014 - Sandy Holman, Hal & Carol Sconyers
  • 2013 - Richard McCapes and Babe Slater
  • 2012 - Ruth Asmundson, Rich Engel, Cathy West
  • 2011 - Mark Champagne, Jim Sochor
  • 2010 - Tom and Meg Stallard
  • 2009 - Gabriella Wong, Robert “Bob” Black
  • 2008 - Antoinette "Butterscotch" Clinton, Chef Martin Yan
  • 2007 - Yvonne Marsh, Bay Butler, Dr. Bryan Jenkins
  • 2006 - Dr. Douglas Gross, Steven James Tingus, Lois Wolk, Dr. Liz Applegate
  • 2005 - Jack Farmer, Kelly Albin, Dawn Imamoto
  • 2004 - Professor Niels Pedersen, Dr. Stylianos Spyradakis, Klea Bertakis
  • 2003 - John Boe, Richard & Evelyn Rominger
  • 2002 - Robert and Margrit Mondavi
  • 2001 - Randolph M. Siverson, Ted Adams, Jackie Speier
  • 2000 - Francisco Rodriguez, Jamila Demby
  • 1999 - Stephen Robinson, Mayra Welch, Thomas Duncan
  • 1998 - Deanne Vochatzer, Vic Fazio, Yvonne Lee, Celeste Turner Wright
  • 1997 - Delaine Eastin, Dennis Mceil, Ann Veneman, Ken Verosub
  • 1996 - Carol Wall
  • 1995 - Ida Mae Hunter, Peter Dietrich
  • 1994 - Tom Dutton, Darby Morrisroe
  • 1993 - Orville and Erna Thompson
  • 1992 - Wayne and Jaque Bartholomew
  • 1991 - Fred Wood
  • 1990 - Harry O. Walker
  • 1989 - Leslie Campbell
  • 1988 - Ted Hullar
  • 1987 - James H. Meyer
  • 1986 - Warren D. Mooney
  • 1985 - Jim Sochor
  • 1984 - Harry J. Colvin, Jr.
  • 1983 - Philip Dubois
  • 1982 - Marilyn Etzler
  • 1981 - Gary Ford
  • 1980 - Lawrence Shepard
  • 1979 - Arnold Sillman
  • 1978 - Bob Krieger
  • 1977 - Ruth Anderson
  • 1976 - Thomas L. Allen
  • 1975 - Celeste Turner Wright
  • 1974 - Dick Lewis
  • 1973 - G. Ledyard Stebbins
  • 1972 - Chancellor Meyer
  • 1971 - Wilson Riles
  • 1970 - Earl Warren, Sr.
  • 1969 - Emil Mrak
  • 1968 - Chester O. McCorkle
  • 1967 - Maynard A Amerine
  • 1966 - Blaine McGowan
  • 1965 - Lt. Gov. Glenn M. Anderson
  • 1964 - Emil Mrak
  • 1963 - Edwin C. Voorhies
  • 1962 - Robert Sproul

Source:[7]

In addition the board of Picnic Day 2008: “A Kaleidoscope of Voices” introduced, for the first time in Picnic Day history, “Distinguished Faculty Member.” This title honors the faculty of UC Davis.

  • 2008 - Charles Bamforth, Ph.D., Virginia Hamilton, Ph.D., Andrew Waterhouse, Ph.D.

Every year, the board of directors selects a theme that will reflect the mission and vision of that year's Picnic Day.

Past themes[edit]

  • 2014 "100: A Timeless Aggie Tradition"
  • 2013 "Snapshot"
  • 2012 "Then, Now, Always"
  • 2011 "Rewind"
  • 2010 "Carpe Davis: Seizing Opportunities"
  • 2009 "Reflections: 100 Years of Aggie Legacy "
  • 2008 "A Kaleidoscope of Voices"
  • 2007 "Making our Mark"
  • 2006 "Celebrate TODAY"
  • 2005 "LIVE on One Shields Ave"
  • 2004 "Shifting Gears for 90 years"
  • 2003 "Rock the Picnic"
  • 2002 "Open Mind, Open Door"
  • 2001 "Aggies Shine Together"
  • 2000 "Life's A Picnic"
  • 1999 "Moo-ving into the Future"
  • 1998 "Breaking New Ground"
  • 1997 "UC Davis Outstanding in It's Fields"
  • 1996 "Carrying the Torch of Tradition"
  • 1995 "Down To Earth"
  • 1994 "Students Shining Through"
  • 1993 "Faces of the Future"
  • 1992 "Moovin Ahead"
  • 1991 "Catch the Spirit, Build a Better U"
  • 1990 "Shaping Our Environment with Diversity, Tradition and Style"
  • 1989 "Challenging Our Future Today"
  • 1988 "Progress Backed By Tradition"
  • 1987 "On the Move"
  • 1986 "Reaching New Heights"
  • 1985 "Setting the Pace"
  • 1984 "Celebrating Excellence: UCD's Diamond Anniversary"
  • 1983 "Meeting the Challenge"
  • 1981 "'81 A Vintage Year"
  • 1980 "Decade Debut"
  • 1979 "Aggie Energy"
  • 1978 "Davis Directions"
  • 1976 "UCDiversity"
  • 1975 "Hay Day"
  • 1974 "Cycles"
  • 1973 "The Farm Mooves"
  • 1972 "Remember the First"
  • 1971 "Memories of the Past... A Challenge to the Future"
  • 1970 "Blowing in the Wind"
  • 1969 "Freewheeling & Family"
  • 1968 "Know Your University and 100 Years Later"
  • 1967 "Farm"
  • 1965 "Aggie Country"
  • 1964 "Today's Aggie Family"
  • 1963 "Aggie Jubilee"
  • 1962 "Kaleidoscope '62"
  • 1961 "Workshop for the World"
  • 1960 "Foundations for the Future"
  • 1959 "U-Diversity"
  • 1958 "Showcase of Progress"
  • 1957 "Campus Cavalcade"
  • 1956 "Aggie Milestones"
  • 1955 "Future Unlimited"
  • 1954 "California Cornucopia"
  • 1953 "At Home"
  • 1952 "Preview of Progress"
  • 1951 "Harvest of Science"
  • 1950 "Cavalcade of Agriculture"
  • 1949 "Research Makes the Difference"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of California Digital History Archives". University of California. Retrieved May 6, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Party time in Davis". Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Open house promises 'A Kaleidoscope of Voices'". UC Davis. Retrieved April 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ [1]
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  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ http://picnicday.ucdavis.edu/content/parade-marshals

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