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Plans started for Minonk's sesquicentennial

Wednesday, November 5, 2003 Posted 9:30 p.m.
The Minonk Fourth of July Committee voted to incorporate Minonk's sesquicentennial with its annual Fourth of July celebration. The committee decided to separate the Fourth of July celebration into two different time periods. The Fourth of July parade and fireworks will continue to be held on July 4. However, the other parts of the celebration such as the beer tent, car show, and carnival will be held on June 12 and 13 and include Minonk's sesquicentennial at that time.

Committee member Russell Ruestman said that July 4th is usually the hottest time of the year and it has diminished attendance considerably at both the carnival and the beer tent. Committee Chairperson Cathy McKay said that is very hard to get a good, reliable carnival during the Fourth of July. These reasons caused the committee to move part of the celebration to another more favorable time period. The second weekend of June will become the permanent time slot for a Minonk celebration. This year's celebration on June 12 and 13 will celebrates Minonk's sesquicentennial. Future years celebration will be referred to as Minonk Fest with different themes adopted each year. The second weekend of June was selected because it was felt that it might avoid the heat normally associated with the Fourth of July celebration. Also, it gets a jump on the community celebrations that are held throughout the summer and fall.

Chairman Cathy McKay said that the Fourth of July celebration on July 4 will consist of the parade at 1:00 p.m., the music show at Sutton's Park from 6-9:30, and the fireworks will be set off at 9:30. The carnival, car show, and beer tent will be held on June 12 and 13 in conjunction with the sesquicentennial celebration.

A meeting to make plans for the sesquicentennial will be held on Tuesday, November 11, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss plans for the sesquicentennial. New committee members are Bob and Kathy Jackson, Jack Jochums, Jari Lynn Oncken and Nancy Reiter. Anyone who is interested in being on the sesquicentennial committee is invited to attend the meeting. Cathy McKay as Chairperson of the Fourth of July Committee, will also chair the sesquicentennial committee. To avoid confusion, this year's Fourth of July committee will be referred to as the Sesquicentennial committee. Events for the sesquicentennial will be determined and fund raising ideas will be discussed at the meeting. Creating a sesquicentennial calendar and T-shirts are being discussed as fund raisers.

The committee will meet again on December 3 to coordinate the activities of the celebration. Fund raising for the sesquicentennial celebration will be combined with that of the Fourth of July celebration.