Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jazz Concert, Fireworks to Highlight 150 Years

The Lonny Lynn Orchestra and the largest fireworks show in Worth County history will mark the sesquicentennial celebrations in Worth County. The celebrations opened with Old Defiance Days in Sheridan and will continue with festivities from July 1st through July 4th.
On Friday, July 1st, there will be contest registration at the square at 5:30. The Grand Marshall for the parade will be announced at 6. There will be a classic drive-in at Hart’s. At 6:30, the Little Mr. & Miss Worth County Baby Show will be held and the oldest resident in the county will be honored. At 8:00, there will be a street dance on the Square and the band “Sunspot” will perform.
The main events will be held on Saturday, July 2nd. From 7-9 a.m., the Grant City Lions Club will hold a breakfast at the Senior Center. Parade registration will start at 8:30. At 9:30, there will be a flag raising at the war memorial, followed by a dedication of the new gazebo that was recently built. At 10, the parade will start.
There will be various fun events happening all day. There will be old time photos of the county at City Hall from 9-4. There will be a car and tractor show at the square from 10-3. There will be a kids water slide from 12-5.
At 12, there will be a kids movie and popcorn at the courtyard, followed by a patriotic show at 1 p.m. At 1:30, there will be a legislative presentation, followed by kids games from 2-4. There will also be a beard contest and a period costume contest. At 3, the time capsule that was placed in 1961 on the occasion of the Worth County Centennial will be opened.
The evening events will start at 5:00 p.m. Leading off will be hot air balloon rides at the Worth County practice field. The Masonic Lodge will be holding a fish fry at the Pool Park and there will also be a cake social. From 7 to 9 will be the Lonny Lynn Orchestra at the Skating Rink, which will feature Big Band Music. At dusk there will be a spectacular fireworks display, which will be the largest fireworks display in county history.
On Sunday, July 3rd, there will be a church service in the Courtyard. At 1, there will be a carry-in dinner at the Old Denver Schoolhouse in Denver. Bill Engel will open his sleigh shop and give tours. At 3:00, there will be registration for a volleyball tournament at 3:30 at the Grant City Pool Park. At 6:00 p.m., Allendale will be having a truck and tractor pull at the Rodeo Grounds.
On July 4th, Allendale will be holding their annual 4th of July Breakfast starting at 7 a.m. At noon, registration will open for the ATV run in Allendale at 1:30. From 1-6 p.m., Grant City will open its pool for a free swim.
There will be two categories of floats for the Sesquicentennial Parade -- family/generations and business/group. There will also be open classes for tractors, horses, cars, and walking entries. No one under the age of 12 will be allowed in the parade without adult supervision. There will be no undecorated entries except for antique cars, tractors, and horses. All motorized entries must be driven by licensed drivers or be accompanied by a licensed adult. Registration for motorized entries will be at the Fairgrounds at 8:30 the day of the parade; registration for floats will take place at the MFA on North Main Street; registration for horses will take place at the Grant City Sale Barn.
For more information, people can contact Lisa Hargrave, (660) 564-2288; Bridget Gibson, (660) 564-3603; or Debbie Roach, (660) 564-3698.

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