Perryopolis plans big bicentennial celebration
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.”
For information, contact the website at www.perryopolis200.com.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Shooting investigation leads to large marijuana grow in Monessen
- Despite the weather, patriotism prevailed in Monessen in 1983
- Valley resident new CEO at Jefferson
- Western Pa. commission pitches $4.7 billion wish list to state
- Fallowfield Township increases road crew
- New leader named at Jefferson Hospital
- Belle Vernon woman named Mrs. Pennsylvania; targets child bullies
- Union Cleaners, Farmers on collision course
- Architect seeks money for work on Charleroi theater project
- Belle Vernon man faces drug charges
- Procrastation is a major financial deterrent