The bi-weekly Sesquicentennial Committee meeting recently held at the Depot showed how planning for the event to be held this summer is progressing.
The committee is now asking for any organizations to come forward and help develop an evening of family activities for the Friday of the sesquicentennial celebration weekend. They are looking to offer an Art/Street Fair theme on 4th Street by the Depot with possible vendors under the canopy of the Depot. This would also be in conjunction with downtown stores that might keep their stores open later than normal.
This would give families coming to the celebration a chance to spend time together prior to going to other events without children. The vision is to have kids games, arts and crafts, and other family oriented activities.
This would be an opportunity for organizations to set up fund raising booths. A Friday evening committee needs to form before any further progress can be made. For further information contact Kara at 443-8234.
The Cherokee Area Arts Council is on board with the idea but someone or an organization needs to step forward and lead the way for planning the evening activities.
The details on the choices of souvenirs are still being worked out with new items added. Currently a Sesquicentennial store is temporarily set up in the space connected to Golf Etc. on West Main Street. The store is run by volunteers without a set schedule.
Souvenir items are also available at the Sanford Museum, The Bookseller, and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. They expect to have regular store hours as the weather warms this spring.
There is a parade scheduled for Saturday, July 1 at 3 p.m. The route is expected to begin at the Washington High School parking lot, go south on Highway 59 to the fairgrounds like the Rodeo Parade does.
The decision to have a fireworks display was canceled since the event is so close the annual Independence Day fireworks held at Spring Lake Park. The Car Show and cruise is a go with a minimal $2 entry fee.
A street dance is scheduled for Saturday night with entertainment bands still being sorted out.
Decisions on a brochure design and who would be printing them was also made. It was decided that Vanessa Reusch would print the brochures she had already designed for the committee.
The All-School Reunion is still in progress with a few classes still needing to make contact with all their classmates.