Sunday, September 25, 2016 saw a bright, clear, crisp, sunny day filled with the laughter of nearly 100 adults, teens and youngsters enjoying themselves on the Kitay family farm, located on County Line Road, in Jackson. The farm, which has a large, park-like yard and an equally large stocked pond, has been provided by the Kitay family for the last several years for the Jackson Rotary Club’s sponsored and hosted Steven Kitay Picnic and Fishing Derby. This yearly event is designed to provide a fun and activity filled day for special citizens and their families. The day is in memory of Kitay family member Steven.

Steven Kitay was the second of five children of Izak and Paula Kitay, Holocaust survivors, who settled and started the farm in Jackson. Steve Kitay was very community minded, and strongly supported the Handicapped Commissions efforts. Steven Kitay passed away in 2002.

The picnic stated at 12 Noon, and continued until 4 PM. Near the end of the day’s events, which included a picnic buffet of grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, potato and macaroni salads as well as coleslaw, cold drinks and ice cream donated by Farley’s Ice Cream, judging of the days catch was conducted by members of the Jackson Memorial and Liberty High Schools’ Interact Clubs, who were on hand to help set up for the day, and help the picnic goers with whatever needs they had. The prizes included Biggest Fish, Smallest, Ugliest, Prettiest, and so on—in essence, every fisherperson received a trophy!

All the attendees, the Interact Kids, and even the hard working Rotary Club volunteers, had a great time—and all were looking forward to next year’s event!