Felicity to celebrate 175 years

July 29th, 2010    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: News

The village of Felicity is preparing to celebrate the 175th birthday (sesquicentennial) of the incorporation of the community that took place on March 14, 1836.

The birthday celebration is scheduled to take place May 13-15, 2011.

Jim Shafer is the chairman of the Sesquicentennial Committee.

“The main purpose of this tremendous event is for education, village history, community involvement, a return of former residents, and bringing new people into town,” Shafer said.

Shafer announced the three-day celebration will include three separate parades, one each day. The Friday parade (1800-99) will display horse-drawn equipment, riders, and costumes; the Saturday parade (1900-99) will feature motor vehicles and antique cars; and the Sunday parade (2000-11) is "open to anything," and this includes floats, children's groups, bands, fire trucks, etc.

There will be walking tours of the village that will point out historic sites with each having a costumed individual explaining the history of each site (11 volunteers are needed for this first-person event).

Living history will be performed each day near the community building. The Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee will be portraying pioneer life and it is hoped to include Native Americans, in particular, members of the Shawnee nation who had at least one village in the area. Civil War reenactors are also being sought. There will be historical displays inside the community building.

At the library there will be lectures and other presentations and first-person portrayals of such personages as Abraham Lincoln and Simon Kenton.

There will be a dance each night - Friday (1800s ball), Saturday (Big Bands and 1950s and 1960s, and Bluegrass), and Sunday (local bands will be featured). A square dance is also being planned. There will also be live music played at South Park by three bands per day.

Other activities include an antique machinery display at the winery, a draft horse pull near Don Larrison's cabins, a flower show, a quilt show, street musicians, a horse shoe tossing tournament, family reunion tents, a children's activity area, and contests for beard growing, log sawing, babies, costumes, and others.

The co-chairperson of the Sesquicentennial Committee is Betty Sizemore, Alice Hamilton is the secretary, and Jeannie Murphy is the treasurer. Some of the other committee members are Becky Barger, Kerri Beach, Janet Blackburn, Richard Crawford, Don Larrison, Janet Larrison, Susie Lynch, Pat Mullen, and Connie Taggert.

Sub-committees that are accepting volunteers are fund-raising; food, crafts; parades; logistics; publicity/marketing; history book research, writing, and composing; daytime events; bands; school liaison, churches liaison; car show; walking historical tour; quilt show; and flower show.

The next meeting will be August 14 at 12 p.m. at the Felicity Village Hall. All interested persons are invited to attend.
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