The annual Waseca County Horse Thief Detectives picnic is being held at Trowbridge Park in Waseca over the lunch hour on the Fourth of July.

President Scott Roemhildt said at 154 years the group is the longest running protective society west of the Mississippi and was formed after, “A settler had a fine pair of horses stolen. The thieves were arrested but they escaped and the local people were so outraged that they decided they needed to put together a society to assist law enforcement in the apprehension of horse thieves.”

He said the potluck picnic is an opportunity to step back in time with, “Old-fashioned family games like gunny sack races, pie eating contests, egg tosses, a potluck meal. Just an old-fashioned, fun Fourth of July.”

There is no charge to attend the event but Roemhildt explained families should, “Bring your eatin’ utensils, a dish to pass, and if you want to become a member we still offer a lifetime membership for just $3.”

The organization has been resoundingly successful in it’s more than one-and-a-half centuries and Roemhildt said, “Since the organization started we have not had one horse unrecovered.”