Eeyore birthday celebrations in Austin

May 12, 2013 by  

Birthday celebrations were held at a park in Austin Texas recently, for the popular character of children’s books, Eeyore.

Pease Park welcomed thousands of visitors who wanted to take part in the celebrations, which have been taking place for 50 years. The celebration of Eeyore’s birthday first took place in 1964 when the fictitious donkey reached the age of 38 years old.

According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, the first party was organized by a group of students from the University of Texas who wanted to honor the character from A. A. Milne’s well-known ‘Winnie the Pooh’. Since 1964 and that first celebration, the event is now in aid of the Friends of the Forest Foundation, which thousands of people attend on a yearly basis.

One man who has been attending the event for over 30 years, Marv Howse, 63, said that the numbers of attendees have gradually increased over the years. He adds that people love to enjoy themselves and the party provides a good time for all. The newspaper report also pointed out that a variety of activities now take place each year, with adults who are dressed in costumes playing drums and others playing football on unicycles.

The local community will probably benefit from this event, including local print companies that may be asked to provide poster printing services to promote the celebrations.

Karen Phillips has been going to the party for almost 20 years and hopes it never stops. She described attendees as relaxed, accepting, and welcoming.