|Bloomdale to celebrate 125th birthday|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:37|
BLOOMDALE - The Village of Bloomdale will put out the welcome mats and turn back the clock this weekend as it celebrates its quasquicentennial, more easily referred to as its 125th anniversary.
Festivities begin bright and early Saturday when Trinity United Methodist Church will serve donuts and coffee as well as an open time for remembering history from 8 to 9:30 a.m. This will be a casual time of fellowship.
The parade will march off at North Main Church at 10 a.m., with marchers lining up at 9:30 a.m.
The grand marshals for the parade will be Allen and Ruthanna Allion. The couple were referred to by event organizers as the "most senior" members of Bloomdale.
Being honored as the "King and Queen" are Jake and Luette Feasel.
Max Flaugher, another longtime resident, will be honored as arborist for his attention to the trees in the village.
The parade will also feature Elmwood cheerleaders and the Junior High Band; along with a veteran's group and many other units.
Following the parade, there will be a memorial balloon launch with small helium balloons released at 11 a.m. Balloons can be purchased in memory or in honor of someone in the community. The launch will be held at the Community Building.
Organizers are holding an open car show with no fees as they invite anyone to bring their show car for exhibit on the site.
From that point, activities move indoors to the Community Building beginning with a performance at noon by the Elmwood Troubadours. Hot dogs and chips will be served to all attendees.
Throughout the afternoon historical memorabilia will be set up within the building, including exhibits from the Wood Count Committee on Aging. There will also be a quilt raffle.
Historical memorabilia will be for sale and orders will be taken for the third edition of the village's obituary book.
The time capsule buried at the centennial celebration in 1988 will be opened and a new capsule buried.
Members of the Boy Scouts will have a campout the night before. Those who participate will earn a badge. The Daughters of the American Revolution, Fostoria, will have a camp set up as well with many of the members dressed in period clothes, At the camp they will make frybread as they would have in the old days. The DAR will sell the bread with proceeds going to a man in another state who lost his seeing eye dog.
There will also be a Native American teepee on site courtesy of Carlton "One Finger Bear Toes" and Sue Brinker. They are also to be dressed in period clothes and will have a display of old tools.
Throughout the afternoon here will be games and contests for the kids. Popcorn, donated by the Boy Scouts, will be sold.
Saturday's festivities will conclude with the 5 p.m. Halloween parade.
On Sunday there will be a community worship, also at the Community Building at 10 a.m. Pastor Jeff Ridenour and Katie Tyson will lead the worship. The worship service will include vintage songs and speakers will discuss life in previous decades.
The weekend concludes with the Bloomdale Volunteer Fire Department serving their chicken barbecue at 11:30 a.m.
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