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Atwood Sesquicentennial Kick-Off Event “Unity Gathering” Sunday, June 11

By Doris Elmore
Staff Writer

Take your mind back 50 years and remember what it was like celebrating the Atwood Centennial. All the festivities that took place, growing a beard, wearing clothing of yesteryear, and more. Now go back 150 years, that is something we can’t do, but we can remember what we have heard and read about days back then. This year Atwood celebrates the Sesquicentennial (1873-2023).

It is difficult to imagine what it was like 50 years ago. The Sesquicentennial Planning Committee consisting of Diane Eagan, village board representative; Alora Murphy, Mary Ellen Harris, Ronda Schumacher and Ginger Denton, have piled up many hours putting together the kick-off celebration this next Sunday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richey (Atwood) Park, 325 N. Missouri.

It isn’t easy trying to plan a celebration going back 50 years. At that time, you were either a young person or for some not even born. You start by talking to residents who lived and participated in events of that time and build from there.

The committee has done a great job putting together the following schedule:

10 a.m. Unity Gathering of all local churches

11 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Opening of the 1973 Time Capsule

11:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. Historical Exhibits, Yesteryear Games for All Ages, Food Trucks, Inflatable Ax Throw, Archery (United Bow Hunters of Illinois)

12-2 p.m. Carriage Rides

12-3 p.m. Steam Engine Demonstration

1-3:30 p.m. Lake Fork Old Time Ice Cream Social

1 p.m. Mark Twain Impersonator, Warren Brown

2 p.m. Puppet Show (Puppetfolk Productions)

2:30-3:30 p.m. Music by Mackville.

Bring your own lawn chairs, wearing of 1800’s Period Clothing encouraged, additional parking at grade school, shuttle provided to park.

Don’t miss being a part of Atwood history, worship together, participate in fun activities, enjoy homemade ice cream, and more. In case of rain, bring an umbrella, the show must go on.

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