Libertyville gears up for 175th anniversary
LIBERTYVILLE – The Libertyville community raised more than $1,000 Feb. 25, during a soup supper and bingo night supporting the town’s 175th anniversary celebration scheduled for Oct. 7.
“People really enjoyed it,” said Beverly Nelson, who heads the anniversary planning committee.
Although Nelson said the event is still in the “planning stages,” that community members are working together to bring it all to fruition in the fall.
“I’ve got a great committee, and several of them were on the 150th committee, so it’s good,” Nelson said.
The event will include the crowning of a king and queen and prince and princess, a beard contest, horse-drawn surrey rides, inflatable children’s games, train rides, balloon twisting, family entertainment, tournaments and more.
“There will be a corn-hole/beanbag toss tournament, a kickball tournament at the Little League field, little kid’s squirt out the candle …” Nelson said, adding that in addition to the fun and games, patrons would enjoy a variety of food from local vendors.
“We’ve got Sweet’n Saucy coming, Mr. Taco from Oskaloosa, Stonewall Brick Oven Pizza and kettle corn from Randy Woods of Libertyville,” she said. “Little League will have concessions, too.”
In addition to the fair-style atmosphere, dance, baton, gymnastics and other performances as well as a history display with Libertyville memorabilia would be available for patrons to enjoy.
“We’re talking about a mud volleyball tournament,” she said, adding that the church would have quilts and antiques on display and festivity goers could also enjoy homemade pie and ice cream.
“We plan to borrow some of First National Bank’s period costumes, and have a few people walking around,” she said.
Nelson said there would also be a barbeque contest at the Libertyville Fire station and a Libertyville history book for sale.
“We want to thank Libertyville Savings Bank for sponsoring the whole event,” Nelson said.