This year the Northwestern PA Beekeer's Assoc. is hosting the PA State Beekeepers Assoc. picnic and holding it here in Erie. There has been a bit of "discussion" in the ranks, and I was hoping I could get some input from other groups that have hosted (or attended) a State Assoc. picnic in the past. The biggest issue here is money. Some of the members want to stick with basic hotdogs. Granted, the local Smith's hotdogs are pretty awesome. But some want to have a little more variety, like hamburgs or maybe grilled sausage, since it is a special event. What have other groups provided? The second issue is souvenirs. There was a plan to make key fobs and refrigerator magnets with a bee theme to pass out to all attendees. Is the distribution of souvenirs typical at these picnics? Is it "expected"? The nay-sayers in the group say it is a waste of money since no one wants a souvenir anyway. Any other comments and opinions about State picnics hosted or attended are welcome. If there is a general trend, I would like to provide the input at out next meeting this coming Sat. 2/13. Thanks for all help.