Capac has big plans for 150th celebration
July 11, 2007CAPAC — What better way to celebrate 150 years than combining a reverence and appreciation for the past with the best of today's world?
The village of Capac has done just that to commemorate its sesquicentennial.
With a brand new streetscape just in time for the big party, Capac Chamber of Commerce members, village officials, business owners and merchants have come together to create a memorable weekend of family fun.
Along with the usual midway, garage and sidewalk sales, food vendors, beer tent, children's activities—including the popular Pedal Bike show and and Scout downhill derby—visitors will enjoy a host of new attractions.
A memorable opening ceremony is planned for 6 p.m. on Thurs., July 19. Organizer Lori Hackelberg said area churches will coordinate to ring their bells precisely at 6 p.m. The color guard will present flags and everyone will join in to sing the national anthem at the main stage at Church and Main streets.
Ciivic leaders will give their greetings and then a group of homing pigeons will be released. Organizers believe the birds will offer appropriate symbolism to the ceremony.
"We hope everybody is coming home to celebrate the weekend with family and friends," Hackelberg said.
Immediately following, local performer Ray Champion will take the stage at 7 p.m.
"It will be a great family-friendly event," Hackelberg added.
Friday includes an Ole Bag Sale to benefit the Capac Senior Center, a Pet Parade at 11 a.m., Mexican dinners at the American Legion hall from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., the awesome skills of Landslide Skateboarders from noon until dusk, musical entertainment from "Hacksaw Freddy & The Trust Me Band" from 1-2 p.m., with Bruno the Clown taking the stage at 4 p.m.
The Miss Capac Pageant will follow at 6 p.m. on the main stage. At 7 p.m., teens can take to the street for a Teen Street Dance in front of the main stage.
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Later, visitors can step back in time for a Civil War skirmish beginning at 7:30 p.m.
At dusk, the skies will be ablaze with fireworks at the high school baseball field.
Saturday's highlights include the Bike Bonanza Motorcycle Show from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Spiffy Klean's Pedal Bike Show from 9:30-10:30 a.m., the Cutest Baby Contest at CSB Bank at 11 a.m., the Cub Scout's downhill derby at 2 p.m., and the Grand Parade at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m. musicians from 'Unforced' and 'Second Story' will take to the stage.
Start the day off on Sunday with a homemade pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall on Mill Street sponsored by the Mussey Twp. Fire Department Women's Auxiliary.
Other highlights in Sunday's lineup include the crowd pleasing firefighters' Waterball Tournament at the middle school at 10 a.m., and outdoor community worship service at 10:30 a.m., an Inspirational Music Fest from noon-5 p.m. and an ice cream social at the Lutheran church from 1-4 p.m.
As always, adults can enjoy refreshments in the beer tent, and a wide variety of food from local vendors and service clubs.
Organizers have gone all out to make this year's historic sesquicentennial celebration memorable for all. Don't miss it!