Rain didn’t hamper the spirits of Laytonsville residents who came out on Saturday to attend the annual town picnic.
Mayor Dan Prats said that the event, now in its ninth year, is an opportunity for the community to celebrate Laytonsville, and to raise funds for charity. Local organizations Second Chance Wildlife Center and House With a Heart senior pet sanctuary were selected as this year’s charities.
Prats estimated 100-130 people attended the picnic, which is about half of the normal crowd.
“We had a lot of people come out, ranging from babies to folks who have been around for a very long time,” he said. “It is a real testament to the folks around here to come out in the pouring rain.”
Resident Sheree Wenger was announced as this year’s Laytonsville Citizen of the Year. Prats said she is the chairwoman of the Historic District Commission, and is involved in the Laytonsville Historic Center, the Laytonsville Women’s Club, and numerous other organizations.
“She has done a lot for the town over a long period of time,” Prats said.
Residents also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Laytonsville 4-H Club, and enjoyed food prepared by the Laytonsville District Volunteer Fire Department, live entertainment, and a cakewalk.