Amy Achs, AP Erie Correspondent
Members of Revitalize Erie met recently for their monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events. The group works together to promote Erie businesses and make Erie a better place to live and visit.
Events Committee Report
The next big event coming up for the organization is the Erie Street Fest that will be held in conjunction with the annual car show. It is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th with many activities to make it a fun filled day and night for kids and adults alike.
Updated information discussed:
- Still looking for vendors — Forms are available here
- Help is needed throughout the day from set up for vendor fair, help at the day’s events, help at the evening events and clean up. It takes a lot of people to make this day run smoothly, and any help is appreciated. Volunteer Sign Up
- Information and forms for the kids’ activities will be going out the first full week of school in August.
- The music performers will be announced soon.
- New event – During the Car Show the EP Boosters will host a dunk tank fundraiser featuring program coaches.
- Erie welcome signs at the entrances into town are being worked on.
- On July 21st there is a meeting with a splash pad company. There is a lot of excitement about moving forward with this idea and this initial meeting will help all parties understand the process, requirements, and price more clearly.
- The mural at Legends will be started in the fall by Mrs. Majeski and high school students.
- The Mel Saad Agency offered a wall for another mural to be discussed in the future.
Economic Development Committee
The organization’s intern is looking for a housing rental. If anyone has any information, please contact Ron Huisman at Hanford Insurance.
Future Event- Erie’s 150 Celebration
One thing that came up at the last meeting was that Erie will be 150 years old in 2022. Discussion began on how to celebrate the historic milestone. One thing that happens in small towns (and schools, churches, and other organizations) is that a few people do a lot of work to make things happen. Celebrating 150 years is going to take more than Revitalize Erie to pull off.
The first settlers arrived in Erie in the fall of 1835, the town was laid out in 1850, the township organized in 1852, and the Village of Erie was incorporated in 1872. Check out the Erie, Illinois Historical Society Facebook page for more information about Erie’s history. https://www.facebook.com/Erie-Illinois-Historical-Society-410555256412334