Posted Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 by Barry

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It might be a little premature, but April 23 is National Picnic Day.

Who better to represent the day than Jellystone’s picnic basket bandit himself, Yogi Bear?

Created by Hanna-Barbera as a back up for The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958, Yogi proved a breakout character earning his own series three years later.

Kellogg’s sponsored the anthropomorphized Ursus arctos who gave fellow animated alumni Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle their breaks as second features. Hokey Wolf benefited as well, taking Yogi’s pot on the Huckleberry Hound Show.

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An animated musical feature was produced the same year, There, It’s Yogi Bear!

He was voiced by Daws Butler from his inception through 1988.

Greg Burson was the man behind the sound for the next 10 years with Jeff Bergman as the current “Yogi.” Dan Akroyd provided his voice for the Yogi Bear movie.

Yogi earned a spot in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1983.

Now, looking at the day itself, National Picnic Day is more of a mystery.

However, that doesn’t make it any less of a non-holiday.

Rather, its gives participants a chance to enjoy some favorite comfort foods. Most popular picnic cuisine include fried chicken, pasta salad, deviled eggs, watermelon, sandwiches and brownies all washed down with lemonade.

The name, picnic, is derived from the French piquenique meaning a meal eaten outdoors.

So, pack the bag and avoid the insect rush along with some warm clothes and bear repellent – just in case. Ranger Smith may not be close by.

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