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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Editorial: Picnic Day

UC Davis hosts its 95th Picnic Day on Saturday. The annual open house is one of our school’s most time-honored traditions.

Showcasing a century’s worth of education, Picnic Day boasts demonstrations, exhibits and tours throughout the day. Of course it’s a lot of fun too, featuring the annual parade to kick off the festivities, the Doxie Derby, the Battle of the Bands and more.

Picnic Day is also one of the largest student-run events in the entire country. The event attracts 50,000 to 100,000 visitors. Planned by students, for students, Picnic Day is an official ASUCD unit, and many contributors start their work almost a year in advance. This Saturday, their efforts will pay off, and we can all enjoy the event’s unique collegiate atmosphere.

From engineering to fashion to animal science, there’s something from every department, and the entire university gets to show off its accomplishments.

Picnic Day is something that people young and old, current students and alumni, can all enjoy. This versatility is one of its best features and part of what makes it so timeless. You can go out to parties with your friends when you’re 20, and show your family the old alma mater when you’re 40.

No matter how you spend your Picnic Day, there’s something for everyone; it’s something UC Davis can be proud of, and we’re glad our campus is known for it.

Those who imbibe: Party responsibly and get a good night’s rest before the day. (You don’t want to miss the parade at 10:10 a.m.!) Also, don’t party too hard; there are some great events to check out.


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