Montgomery County hosts ‘friendship picnic’

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — The county hosted their annual Friendship Picnic today, an event aimed at building friendships between people of diverse cultures and faiths in order to build a stronger community.

The picnic went from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and offered many fun activities for children and adults alike, including music, a moon bounce, face painting and a carousel. The picnic was free and lunch included traditional, Kosher, Halal and vegetarian options.

In addition to all the fun, there were small group discussions about how to foster a respectful and nonviolent community. The event was endorsed and sponsored by many groups, including the Montgomery County Committee on Hate/Violence, Montgomery Parks, as well as police and fire and rescue.

PHOTO: Children talk to a firefighter at the picnic

PHOTO: Children talk to a firefighter at the picnic

Peter Piringer, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, said that more than a thousand people stopped by their area to learn more about MFRS and be educated on fire and injury prevention.