Annual picnic brings out employees for food, fun

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A petting zoo was among the popular attractions at this year's Employee Appreciation Picnic May 14. (Vanderbilt University)A petting zoo was among the popular attractions at this year’s Employee Appreciation Picnic held May 14. (Vanderbilt University)

Thousands of Vanderbilt University employees attended the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic: At the County Fair held Tuesday on Magnolia Lawn. Under sunny, blue skies, faculty and staff members enjoyed free food and activities designed to express thanks for the integral role they play in the university’s purpose and mission.

Faculty and staff were able to choose among 15 local food trucks or a buffet, and games, antique cars and a petting zoo, which included barnyard animals and a miniature deer, were featured. Free giveaways from vendors and an open dance floor also were enjoyed.

This year’s event featured an employee craft fair and baking contest. Overall winners for the craft fair were Angieszka Topolska-Wos, first place; Patrick Hawkins, second place; and Katherine Griffis, third place. The full list of baking contest and craft fair winners will be updated soon on the Employee Appreciation Picnic page.

Judges sample entries for the Employee Appreciation Picnic baking contest on May 14. (Vanderbilt University)Judges sample entries for the Employee Appreciation Picnic baking contest on May 14. (Vanderbilt University)

If you missed the picnic but want to check out photos from the event, visit the Employee Appreciation event gallery, or follow us on Instagram (@youmakevu), Facebook (You Make VU) or Twitter (@youmakevu).

Visit the Employee Appreciation webpage for information about upcoming events.

Employees were able to admire classic cars at the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic May 14 on Magnolia Lawn. (Vanderbilt University)Employees were able to admire classic cars at the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic May 14 on Magnolia Lawn. (Vanderbilt University)