FREDERICKTOWN — A committee appointed by the Fredericktown Community Development Foundation is making plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the building of the bandstand on the village square in Fredericktown.
The FCDF initiated the idea for a bandstand to replace the one which was torn down in 1956 after hosting many Fredericktown events over the years.
The Build the Bandstand Committee worked many months to plan, raise funds and coordinate the donation of materials, and build a foundation before the structure could begin to take shape. The actual structure was built in a single day, May 17, 1987. Construction workers that day ranged from professional builders to nail pounders with little experience. It was a real community project. After it was built, there was a dedication ceremony that brought hundreds of people together to celebrate. On that occasion, all those who worked on the project were officially recognized and a time capsule was sealed into the foundation of the structure which was to be opened in 25 years.
Those 25 years have passed, and the FCDF has again taken the initiative to celebrate the 25th anniversary of that day with another celebration.
On May 20, beginning at 1 p.m. there will be music by the Fredericktown High School band, followed by a greeting by the host of the event, Fredericktown Mayor Alan Kintner. Those who did the planning and the building will be recognized once again. Around 3 p.m. several local musical groups will perform; and at 4 p.m. the mysterious time capsule will be opened, and its contents revealed. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day for two halves of a hog, processed by Dee Jays Custom Butchering. Those two winning tickets will be drawn about 4:45 p.m.
Other activities during the day will include a video titled Building of the Bandstand which was made by Jake Carter in 1987. The video includes the actual building of the structure and the dedication. This video will be available for viewing at the Fredericktown Historical Society Museum during the anniversary celebration.
A celebration cake and other desserts will be available at the parking lot beside the museum. Ice cream will also be available at the Presbuterian Church parking lot.
The church will have grilled hotdogs and chips available outside; and members of Ann Hill Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star will serve a complete roast beef dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge hall. Proceeds will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund. Knox County’s Balloon Man, Rex Naylor, will be on hand to work his magic on balloons for the children.
Two blocks will be closed to traffic during the event: South Main Street from West Sandusky to Fourth Street; and East Sandusky Street from Main to Pleasant.
The bandstand committee would like to give special recognition to the couples who were married at the bandstand over the past 25 years. To be recognized, send names and wedding date by May 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 740 694-3232.
Published on May 16, 2012