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Libertyville to celebrate sesquicentennial Saturday

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Oct 05, 2017
Source: Ledger archive The photo is of the Rock Island Train Station from Libertyville of yesteryear. This photo was taken before 1919.

LIBERTYVILLE – The city of Libertyville is gearing up to commemorate its 175th year of existence Saturday, with nothing less than a carnival- style celebration that’s open to the public.

The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m., and will culminate with a fireworks display at 8 p.m.

“There’s going to be so much going on that day that I can hardly keep track of it all,” said event organizer Beverly Nelson.

The town, which started in 1842 — incidentally, before became a state in 1846 — has deep roots, and Nelson said in addition to the parade, shows, food and fun, the celebration would also showcase much of the town’s rich history.

“[Faith United Methodist Church] will be having a quilt and antique exhibit from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At the same time, there will be Libertyville history displays at the community center,” said Libertyville city clerk Karen Blakely.

Although the planned king and queen contest has been canceled, Nelson said that many longtime Libertyville community members would be honored.

“We won’t be doing a contest, but we will still be honoring kings and queens who will be dressed in period costumes and riding on a float during the parade,” she said. “A lot of these citizens grew up here and have been big contributors to our community.”

Nelson said that some of those participating in the parade would be wearing 19th century period costumes borrowed from First National Bank of Fairfield.

The prince and princess and beard contests are first on the docket at 8:30 a.m., and both take place at the Libertyville Community Center.

At 9:30 a.m. vintage cars, trucks and tractors can line up at the church, while those planning to ride floats and all other parade participants who are not kings or queens should line up south of the school.

At 10 a.m., kings and queens should line up at the school.

The parade, which will include performances by the Fairfield Middle School and Fairfield High School bands, begins at 10:30 a.m. and will start and end at the school.

Celebration goers can enjoy horse-drawn surrey rides; inflatable children’s games including a bouncy house; ballon twisting, a cupcake walk and a barbecue contest, which are just a few of the offerings during the celebration.

“There’s going to be kick ball at the ball field, face painting, cotton candy ... there will be an apple pie contest at the church, and they will be selling pie and ice cream later around 1 p.m.,” Nelson said, adding that several vendors would also be on hand at Stump Park, such as Sweet Pea Concessions, Sweet & Saucy, Mr. Taco, and Randy Woods’s Kettle Corn.

Kids games begin at the school and include a bouncy house, an obstacle course, slide, ringtoss, and a cornhole/beanbag toss tournament. Younger children will get a chance to “squirt out the candle.” Nelson said that there would also be plenty of opportunities to win prizes throughout the day.

“There also will be a smoke trailer at the Libertyville Fire Station, where kids can pretend to get out of a burning house,” Nelson said, adding that at 12:30 p.m., LeCyne Dance Studio is slated to perform, followed by baton twirlers at 1 p.m. Both performances will take place at the community center.

The kickball tournament is at 1:30 p.m. Teams are encouraged to sign up for $10.

There will be a Taekwondo demonstration at 3 p.m., followed by an “Old Time Music” concert at the community center.

Patrons can enjoy a bingo game at the fire station at 4:30 p.m. followed by a barbecue judging contest at the fire station.

“The public can sample the barbecue for $5, and there will be a ‘People’s Choice Award’ judging, too,” Nelson said. “At 7 p.m. there’s going to be a performance by the ‘One Man Band with a Mini Van.’”

At 7:30 p.m., Nelson said celebration goers would be able to enjoy an outside movie on the fire station wall.

“It’s a surprise,” Nelson said of the movie’s title. “But it will be a family-friendly G-rated movie.”

Nelson said that the Libertyville Savings Bank supported the event financially.

“I want to thank everyone who served and contributed and also those who were on the committee,” she said. “We are really looking forward to it.”

For more information, or to preregister for the barbecue contest, contact Nelson at 641-693-8202.

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