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June 19, 2019

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The party we've waited 150 for begins on Friday!

Seven score and 10 years ago Allen County's Shannon, Ohio, became Bluffton, Ohio. Friday, June 24, the celebration we've waited 150 years for begins.

After over three years in the planning stage, Bev Amstutz, chair of the Bluffton cultural affairs committee, breathes a sigh of relief, seeing the events she spearheaded come to realization.

Mayor Fred Rodabaugh appointed Amstutz as chair of the sesquicentennial planning committee for good reason. Her father, the late Eugene Benroth, was known as "Mr. Bluffton" in his time.

Benroth was known as a constant promoter of village events. And now, it's Beverly's turn as the community promoter.

All sesquicentennial events may be reviewed by clicking on the "Click here for the all Sesquicentennial news," on the bottom of the Icon home page.

In case you need a quick review of events taking place Friday, June 24, read on:

2 p.m. Festival of Wheels registration begins. The event, held downtown, continues into the evening.

4 p.m. Relay for Life Amerifest takes place at the Bluffton University football stadium.

10:15 p.m. Fireworks at the stadium.

Saturday, June 25

The official sesquicentennial grand opening takes place at 10:45 a.m., in front of the Bluffton town hall. That event is free and open to the public.

The centennial ball, held at 7 p.m., at The Centre, requires a $10 per person admission. Tickets will be available at the door.