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Cleghorn prepares for Quasquicentennial

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nancy Brown, Cleghorn Quasquicenntenial Treasurer, is shown displaying a souvenir t-shirt and tote bag. T-shirts for adults are $12 and $15, depending on size, $12 for children, and are available in six different colors. The tote bag is green. Both may be ordered from Nancy at the First Trust & Savings Bank in Cleghorn. Stoneware items will also be available soon. Photo contributed
Not too long ago, many towns in the area were celebrating their centennial. Cleghorn celebrated in 1990 with a big celebration that stands out in my mind as a huge success.

Now, suddenly it is Quasquicentennial time (125 years) for many of these towns, and Cleghorn is one of those, getting ready to celebrate again, in 2015. Funds were set aside by the centennial committee, with $10,000 invested to be used for the Quasquicentennial.

That fund has grown through the years, and now a committee of volunteers began the first of the year to raise more funds for the event. A soup dinner was held in January, plus a softball tournament with rummage and bake sale in August.

Souvenirs on hand presently include t-shirts and tote bags. T-shirts sell for $12 to $15 for adults, depending on size, and $2 for children. They are available in six colors. Tote bags are green and sell for $2. Decks of playing cards are available for $5.

Stoneware items have been ordered and it is hoped to have them by Oct. 28. A recipe book is being planned. Recipes are needed, from Meriden-Cleghorn alumni and area cooks. Send them ASAP to Quasquicentennial, PO Box 92, Cleghorn 51014.

The next fundraiser will be a turkey supper to be served on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Cleghorn Community Center. The menu will include turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, apple or pumpkin dessert, and beverage. Adult price is $8, five to 10 year-olds $5, preschoolers are free. Advance tickets are available form Jen Huff or Janell (Briese) Purdy.

Other fundraisers planned include a soup dinner, with a variety of soups, on Dec. 9th, and a Super Bowl party in February. Come and watch the game on our new 92-inch television.

The Quasquicentennial event is a big undertaking for this small town and more volunteers are needed to help with various events during the celebration and planning before. Anyone interested is invited to attend committee meetings. The next one will be on the second Tuesday in November (13th) at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to our turkey dinner on Oct. 28.

The Quasquicentennial will be celebrated on the second weekend in June, 2015.

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