By Art Hunter
The village of New Richmond’s Bicentennial Summer Celebration Kick-Off was held Sunday, May 4.
The event was the first of many events and concerts celebrating the village’s 200 years of history to be held between now and October.
New Richmond Mayor Ramona Carr said that the kickoff went as well as organizers had hoped.
“I was very pleased with the way things turned out, and the bicentennial committee was happy with the number of people who attended,” Mayor Carr said.
Bicentennial Events Committee Chair Greg Roberts said that he was very happy with the showed up for the events.
“I was ecstatic with the turnout,” Roberts said. “I would say we had nearly 500 people there.”
The kickoff began with the US Marine Corps League Leatherneck Detachment color guard posting the colors, local Girl Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance, and New Richmond’s own John Hale singing the National Anthem.
Proclamations recognizing the village’s bicentennial were presented by County Commissioner David Uible, State Representative Doug Green, and State Senator Joe Uecker.
The village’s new bicentennial clock was unveiled by Mayor Carr with the assistance of Margaret Fulton, a 101-year-old village resident.
The kick-off concluded with a concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Upcoming bicentennial events will include a series of concerts, living history presentations, vintage baseball games, a visit by paddlewheelers, an arts festival, and more.
More information on the village’s bicentennial celebrations can be found at www.newrichmond2014.com.