Picnics more expensive locally, but still below national average

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COLUMBIA - People who like to grill and barbecue during summer can expect to spend more money on picnic supplies.

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation said the average price for a picnic of 10 people went up $2.06 since last year in the state. It now costs an average of $49.89, but that number is more than $5 below the national average.

Some people at Stephens Lake Park said they hardly noticed the increase in cost.

"It's pretty cheap, pretty convenient," Rohan Marfatia said.

Marfatia said his friends and family try to have a picnic every weekend, depending on the weather. He said he doesn't think the rise in cost will stop his family or others from picnicking. 

Items used to compare prices for the study included hamburgers, hot dogs, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, watermelon, lemonade, chocolate milk and condiments.

The bureau said the biggest impact for the cost increase came from the meat options.

Sarah Perez Hernandez said her family plans to have a Fourth of July barbecue with around 30 people. She said, even though the family splits the total cost, she still plans to spend around $150.

"It's almost cheaper just to go to a restaurant," Perez Hernandez said.

Despite the rise in cost, Perez Hernandez said she is willing to pay the extra money to barbecue with friends and family.

"It's a tradition," she said. "Especially on the Fourth of July. It wouldn't be the Fourth of July without a picnic."