CAPAC — Who could ask for more for a 150th birthday party? Great weather, impressive turnout and a packed schedule of things to see and do over four days made the village's sesquicentennial a memorable occasion.
Gary Dubay and Holly Kulman surveyed the scene Saturday from the Mason's Bike Bonanza Motorcycle show where Dubay had entered his 2002 Harley-Davidson Road King.
Dubay said it's fun to watch the small, relatively peaceful town turn into a lively weekend where visitors fill the streets.
"It's a good turnout and good for the town," Kulman added.
Capac’s Grand Marshal Harold Schoneman enjoys ride in horse and carriage. The 103-year-old lifelong area resident kicked off the Grand Parade on Saturday. photo by Erin Brandt.
The Kosinski family of Almont took to the streets on Friday.
"This is our first time here," mom Debbie said with Logan, 7 and Austin, 9.
"We're out having some summer fun, mainly, to show the kids other towns."
April Hoskey took advantage of the food vendors over her lunch hour break to pick up a hot dog.
"It's a great thing that the community has made it 150 years," Hoskey said.
Organizers report that the weekend went smoothly and positive comments abounded.
"I think it went really well," coordinator Lori Hackelberg said.
"Everyone loved the opening ceremony and the parade was the best and longest in years!"
Sizeable crowds showed up for Bruno the clown and singer Bethany Ward on stage. History buffs were in for a real treat when the North/South Skirmish team let visitors get close to their booming cannons.
Downtown, everyone had fun watching events like the pet parade and skateboard demonstrations, Hackelberg said, and made good use of the Chamber of Commerce's Welcome Station.
Hackelberg said the carnival operators reported that ticket sales were up for them too.
Of course, the weekend wouldn't have been possible without hours of planning by the chamber and countless volunteers. Hackelberg said their assistance was essential for making the parade go off without a hitch.
Capac's sesquicentennial will be particularly memorable for those who took home special titles and awards.
On Friday, Katelyn McVeigh was crowned Miss Capac. Organizer Pauline Swamba said it was difficult for the judges to pick amongst McVeigh, Christen Harris and Amanda Strunk after completing a personal interview and on-stage question.
"It was superb," Swamba said.
"The girls were so well-rounded."
Out of more than 20 entries, Ava Baltierra was chosen as Capac's Cutest Baby. She's the daughter of Rico and Megan (Hunter) Baltierra of Berville.