This Labor Day weekend the city of Earlham will be celebrating their 150th anniversary with a Sesquicentennial Celebration beginning on Saturday, Sept. 5. The events of the day will be the same as the Earlham Freedom Fest, normally held during the July 4th holiday. With the cancellation of the 4th of July festivities, the Freedom Fest committee began to focus their efforts on another celebration since this is such a monumental year for their town.
The Sesquicentennial Celebration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a 1.5 mile Fun Run/Walk set to start and end at Efit.
At 9 a.m. the line-up for the parade will start at the school parking lot with the parade set to begin at 10 a.m.
The Opening Ceremonies and Flag Presentation presented by Legion Post 158 will take place at 11 a.m. or after the parade is finished. Mandy McDaniel will be singing the National Anthem. A History LIVE presentation is also planned. At 11 a.m. Live music will begin, allowing participants to wander through the festival to peruse the booths of the 15 merchandise and goodie vendors.
Food will be available from six food trucks for hungry attendees.
At 11:30 a.m. the Volleyball and Pickleball Tournaments will begin. Farmers and non-farmers alike will enjoy the various tractors involved in the tractor show.
Not to be outdone, vehicle enthusiasts can check out the vintage rides displayed at the car show.
The bags tournament, balloon animals by Toby the Balloon Dude, face painting and kiddie train rides are set to take place at high noon.
Close only counts in horseshoes – and that tournament is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Earlham Legion Post 158 invites participants to check their numbers in the BINGO game beginning at 2 p.m. and at that time a Scavenger Hunt will be held for kids on the park stage.
Grab the lawn chairs for the live music that is set to fill the air at 4 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m. winners will be announced in the following categories: Parade, Tractor Show, Car Show, Volleyball and Pickleball Tournaments.
Earlham’s oldest residents will also be recognized at that time and the announcement of raffle winners. (Winners need not be present to win.)
Food vendors will close their stands at 7 p.m.
Festival-goers will finish the night with a bang as a fireworks display is set to take place around dusk.