The picnic invitation stated that eating would begin at 3:15. We arrived at about 3:00 and were shocked to see how few people were there. Our fabulous volunteer fire department had settled in but only a handful of people were gathered around a single table. I added my teriyaki chicken wings to the long, long master food table next to the other 3 dishes. Hmmmm.
By 3:12, 150 people descended on the place. The long table was completely covered with dishes and at 3:15 precisely, tops were off the food and the eating began. I love this event and the great home cooked dishes people bring. Wonderful enchiladas and tamales, cous cous, Thai salads, elaborately carved fruit, fried chicken, spare ribs, casseroles of all manners and descriptions. There's a nominal dessert section, but few people have the strength or eating stamina to cram down a dessert after the main event. By 4:30, everything's cleaned up and the last cars pull out for home.