With the UC Davis Picnic Day falling on the warmest day of the year so far helped create a great atmosphere for the 98th annual celebration. Estimates had 75,000 people converging into Davis for the festivities. Things were rather quiet on the UCD campus throughout the day with sporadic problems reported and about two dozen citations handed out. The combination of alcohol and hot temperatures did put a damper on the days activities as night fall set in and the party shifted to downtown Davis. That’s when the excitement got started with too many young people drinking too much booze.
After years of negative headlines, many establishments, businesses, fraternities and sororities made a pledge called the Picnic Day Covenant to limit alcohol consumption. The covenant had little effect on the number of arrest that were on track to equal last years total, but citations appeared on the decline. Downtown probably felt like the wild west last night without the holsters and pistols. There were long lines that formed outside of bars waiting for wristbands that allowed them indoor access. One popular hotspot cleared out the restaurant and patio after the crowd exceeded it’s capacity. The manager stated “They were a lot more rowdy than we’d like”. Police were called when a fight broke out on the patio. The business opened back up within an hour.
Police Departments from Davis, Woodland, Winters and West Sacramento patrolled the streets by car and foot on Saturday evening, aggressively enforcing the open container law and attempting to keep an orderly constraint on the downtown streets. Even with the potential monetary loss, a number of downtown businesses thought outside the box and locked their doors for Picnic Day. Police also patrolled other heavily student populated sections of town in search of potential out of control parties. A couple of parties near campus where actually closed down due to disorderly obnoxious revelers. Outside of many Sunday morning hangovers and a few bruised egos from those that spent the evening in our local jail, there were no major injuries reported during the weekend jubilation. On the whole, this years Picnic Day was tame compared to years past. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blog, join my professional networks at Twitter and LinkedIn and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and our surrounding communities.