Submitted by Katelin Bridgman, Revitalize Erie
Planning for the historical Sesquicentennial in Erie is ramping up as the celebration quickly approaches! Volunteers from Revitalize Erie have been working for months to plan a huge 3-day celebration to celebrate their beloved village turning 150.
Plans for Friday, August 12th involve welcoming home all of the graduating classes from Erie Community Unit School District. RSVP’s have been coming in for classes as old as 1951! Classes are being invited to Erie High School for an Alumni Reunion which will include a food truck, live music, memorabilia sales, class photos, and much more. Classes are encouraged to visit the local restaurants and bars before or after the event which will go from 4:00pm-8:00pm.
The grand celebration on Saturday, August 13th is one that will surely go down in Erie history with activities going on in the downtown Triangle from 9:00am-11:00pm. The Sesquicentennial will include:
The big celebration will continue into Sunday, August 14th with a community breakfast at 8:00am at the Middle School followed by a Community Worship Service at 9:00am with all of the local churches coming together for a service led by Tony Hawkins. After the service, Revitalize Erie will be burying the 2022 time capsule in the newly renovated Margaret Park at 12:00. Erie residents wanting to place an item in the time capsule can drop them off at the history museum on Saturday from 9-5. The historic weekend will wrap up with a golf outing at the Lake Erie Country Club starting at 1:00pm. The 4-person scramble will be giving away great prizes for the top scores.
Revitalize Erie efforts to prepare the village for the historic event also included a complete renovation of Margaret Park in the downtown. The redesign is set to be done on August 5th, just in time for the event. They also are installing new signage on all of the roads leading into Erie ahead of the event. They are looking for more volunteers to sign up to help with a variety of tasks during the August 12-14th weekend including bouncy house and game supervisors, Artisan and Farmers Market check in, contest supervisors, and more! Everyone who helps out at the event will get a free t-shirt! Call 309-738-0209 to sign up to help!
Learn more about the 150th, sign up for contests and to volunteer by using this link: