“Everything looks like we’re going to have a high turnout,” Levine said. “We are urging all members to make the necessary preparations to bring their families.”
There are no tickets to pick up this year, instead HPOU members just need to send an email to email@example.com to claim their family’s tickets that will then be available at “will call” the day of the picnic. This also helps the HPOU Picnic Committee plan for the appropriate amount of food and beverages.
As of Sept. 28, the picnic guest count is at 1,659. “This is a sign we will have a large number of picnickers,” Levine said, pointing out that the HPOU Family Picnic record attendance is in the range of 2,300+.
Since the pandemic prevented the Union from taking members and their children of all ages out to “the ranch”, located off Highway 290, for all sorts of family fun and entertainment last year, this year’s version is extra special.
There will be special picnic T-shirt – but note, these shirts usually sell out early in the day!
The youth size shirts will feature a “dabbing” police cow, while the adults can enjoy a ranch themed shirt available in dark green or grey.
Levine said Union members and their families will have the entire 50-acre facility available throughout the entire day, 10 am to 7 pm. Free food and drinks will be provided throughout the day. In addition, concession stands will provide snow cones and popcorn in an endless supply.
Here is a review of the activities in this exciting rural atmosphere:
- A petting zoo
- A lake for fishing (bring your pole and bait)
- A softball field (bring your mitts; bats and balls provided)
- A volleyball court (balls supplied)
- A basketball court (balls supplied)
- A soccer field (balls supplied)
- A train that goes a mile around the lake.
- A hayride that goes out to the pasture (watch out for the cows!)
- A miniature golf course
- An inflatable jumping pillow (the Kid Hopper)
- An Indian village with authentic hand-painted teepees
- A hand-led pony ride
- A lesson in milking a cow
- Several small playgrounds for the smaller kids
- A special selection of farm animals inside the barn
- A group of historic displays spotlighting the history of Texas under six flags
- A horseshoe pit (more than one, all conveniently located)
Everything is outdoors. But this business that’s been in operation for 44 years has thought of everything, including indoor facilities in case of rain. On site are five large pavilions, the two larger ones each seating up to 600 people. Members’ kids can also look forward to face painting, balloon animals.
Levine stressed members still have plenty of time to claim their tickets via email. They are free, as usual, but the picnic is specifically for the active HPOU member and their immediate family to enjoy.
Claim your tickets via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, as always, contact or see HPOU’s Lisa Marino on the third floor. You may also contact Levine at email@example.com.
Here is information about the directions to Oil Ranch –
For your GPS: 13501 Macedonia Road, Hockley 77447.
For your general information: Take Highway 290 outbound to the Hegar Road Exit. Turn right on Hegar Road and keep going until you cross Farm Road 2920. Keep going until you turn right on Macedonia Road, where you will see Oil Ranch.