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Pop-up Picnic: a new way to picnic

Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 2:36 PM EDT
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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - There is an adventure just behind the home of one Laurel County family.

“We ate and there’s a cute little game,” said Picnic Goer Brooke Benge. “I think it was called together and we just sat and we read that and we learned a lot about each other. We’ve been together for 11 years and we learned a lot about each other that we didn’t know in that time.”

It’s Fannie Carol’s Pop-up Picnic, a new business in London that offers various customizable picnics.

“It’s a very private experience. It’s just you and your guests. We leave, we set everything up. We bring them in a golf cart, we come back and get them two hours later,” said Owner Billie Swanner.

The Swanners said their inspiration behind this idea was seeing a similar concept while on vacation in Virginia Beach.

“The pandemic actually has kind of been our friend in this because it provides not only an opportunity for people to do something without risking the health and safety of their families,” she said.

Operational since the early September, Benge said she and her husband’s date night experience was pleasant because the business also offers babysitting.

“Well you just don’t get that alone time when you have two kids. A lot of parents just don’t find that time together anymore. You have to. So I was like nature, quiet, let’s go,” she said.

In addition, Swanner said having the business brings her family together.

“It’s given my family time to bond. We’re really rushed in life always, so the 4 of us work really hard together to put these together and so we’re working all weekend when otherwise we’d be doing our own different thing,” she said.

Billie said the business was named after her mother who died last year.

For more on the business, you can follow Fannie Carol’s Popup Picnic on Facebook or Instagram. To book your own unique picnic experience, click here.

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