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Perryopolis plans big bicentennial celebration

| Saturday, July 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

In March 1814, the town of Perryopolis was founded, creating a lovely country village that is still one of the biggest attractions for history buffs who enjoy its interesting layout, small-town charm and rich antiquity.

A celebration is being planned to mark the event, and the organizing committee has now been meeting on a monthly basis to get the huge undertaking put together.

“We've been meeting for some time now,” bicentennial committee chair Kathleen Kifer said, adding that the volunteer group is divided into separate small groups to focus on different areas of the event. “We meet every month to go over what each different committee has come up with since the last meeting.”

The event was originally planned to be held over the Fourth of July weekend in 2014, but the committee changed those dates to coincide with the Perryopolis Volunteer Fireman Fair to be held in June.

The tentative dates for the bicentennial event are now June 26-29.

“We realized that a lot of people come home for the fair so this will also be a great time to have the bicentennial events,” Kifer said. In addition, he cited the difficulty in getting vendors over the Fourth of July, which is traditionally a busy time.

“We'd love to see many of the people who have moved from the area return to celebrate the bicentennial with us.”

A parade is being planned for June 26. “We think that the parade will be big,” Kifer said. “We are welcoming any groups or bands or organizations who may wish to take part in the parade.”

One of the largest endeavors is the securing of sponsors that will help the group with the funding for the event.

“We sent out our letters for sponsorships,” Kifer said. “There are different levels of sponsorship for anyone who is interested in supporting the bicentennial.”

Banners are being sold that will advertise businesses or organizations that will then be hung through the streets of the town.

“The banners are going to look great and will not only be a way for us to generate funding but will also be a great way for the sponsors to advertise,” Kifer said.

The event will the historic Grist Mill, a George Washington impersonator and lots of great entertainment.

“We are getting really excited about our bicentennial,” Kifer said. “We are already getting interest, and it can only grow. We hope we have a wonderful event that will be celebrated by many.”

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Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.