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'Eeyore's 50th Birthday' celebrated at Pease Park

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What could be better than spending your Saturday afternoon celebrating the imaginary birthday of a fictional donkey?

Well...nothing according to the thousands of Austinites that packed into Pease Park to do just that. -- cheer up the ever-depressed Eeyore on his birthday.

Scott Sexton is with the Friends of the Forest Foundation, the non-profit that helps keep the birthday party going every year.

We asked him what Eeyore's celebration consists of.

"Anything you want to happen! If you want it to happen, it's up to you to make it happen," Sexton said.

The first birthday party for Eeyore was way back in 1964 started by a group of college students.

Lloyd Birdwell says he hatched the idea.

"There was no thinking about it at all. Someone came in to my dorm room and said 'What's happening?' And I said 'We're gonna go give Eeyore a birthday party, have you never read Winnie the Pooh?' He's a guy named John Hughes and he said 'that's a great idea," Birdwell said.

He says the first party started out with about 10 people.

It just got bigger with time.

"It's just morphed into something I don't think anybody believed. I wonder what it's going to be after this," Birdwell said.

Apparently this year is the 50th birthday party but not quite the 50th year.

"We have had that discussion. And my suggestion to them is have the 50th again next year! It would be in keeping with the event," Birdwell said.

The Friends of the Forest Foundation says all of the proceeds from Eeyore's Birthday will go to Austin-area charities.

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