Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is inviting state employees to pack a lunch for a picnic in their honor Friday on the Statehouse grounds.
The governor is even promising to hand out free cookies and ice cream to the first 1,000 state workers who attend the event on the Capitol's south lawn. His office also plans to have a blues and jazz band play.
Brownback says Cabinet secretaries and agency directors will join him in handing out the goodies. He is encouraging workers to bring sack lunches.
The picnic begins at 11:30 a.m. A noon ceremony will honor employees who have served the state for 40 years or longer.