PIERCETON — Beginning Friday, Aug. 26 and ending Sunday, Aug. 28, Pierceton will be celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Opening ceremonies will begin Friday at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. community square dancing with caller Jerry Davidson will begin. From 7-11 p.m. there will be food vendors and a beer tent by Sleepy Owl and a concert at 9 p.m.
Just added is a food drive for victims of this week’s tornadoes in Kokomo. Boxes will be available around town throughout the weekend to collect non-perishable food items. Food donations will be taken to Kokomo Monday and distributed.
The Pierceton Fire Department will also have a boot drive Friday to accept financial donations, which will be used to purchase additional food items.
Saturday starts at 9 a.m. with a 5k run/walk at Brower Park with the Heirloom Tomato Festival starting an hour later at 10 a.m. There will also be a reenactment, which will shoot cannonballs from a cannon. There will be a firepit, a blacksmith, and town memorabilia displays at the community building. Pierceton School displays at the senior Center will have different crafts, drawings and colorings about what kids thought Pierceton was like 150 years in the past and what it might look like in the future. This will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be a scavenger hunt and the winner will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a gift card that can be used anywhere in Pierceton.
From 2-4 p.m. Saturday, there will be war memorabilia at the Pierceton American Legion and at 4 p.m. the Crusin’ Hoosier Car Display will begin, followed by a free family movie at Pierceton Elementary School. The movie will be Disney’s Inside Out. Bring blankets and/or chairs. There will be Snocones, popcorn and small snacks.
After the movie, the Manchester Civic Band will be playing at the Township Park, followed by fireworks.
Sunday, Aug. 28, starts with a 10 a.m. community worship service, given by two pastors, to be followed by a free community meal at noon. The meal will be provided by the local churches and will consist of chicken, baked beans, cake, plus much more.
Free family games start at 1 p.m. The games will be games from the past era, like: bean bag tossing, egg tossing, mom calling dinner is ready, seed spitting, three-legged race and more.
Women from the churches will provide ping pong balls and pieces of fabric to make dolls or materials to make airplanes.
At the closing of ceremonies at 3 p.m., the town will have a time capsule, where people can bring something to put in the capsule, like: Photos, books, letter written to a future citizen, jewelry, CDs and even hymnals. The time capsule is a vault that is 12 inches by 68 inches long and 18 inches deep.
All the events the weekend of Pierceton’s 150th celebration is free. You can find more information on the towns 150th Anniversary Facebook page.