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Bluffton Sesquicentennial

Parade, Indian Village, 1860s baseball game and Bluffton's Brand of Broadway concludes sesquicentennial celebration

It all ends Saturday. Bluffton's celebration of its 150th anniversary as an incorporated village concludes with a day full of activities.

Here's Saturday's schedule:

o 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Pork barbecue lunch, Presbyterian Church lawn. Side dishes are cheesy potatoes, green beans and a roll. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased on Saturday. Carry out or eat in.

o Noon - Sesquicentennial parade line up, East College near Railroad Street

o Noon - Bluffton High School class of 1946 65th reunion

Take me out to the ball game - 1860s style - Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Dan Groman provides the following information on the old-time baseball game scheduled at the village park (across the interstate). The game is at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Here are the team players for the Shannon Sodbusters and the Wyandotte Ghostriders. (Apparently nicknames are required.)

A historic Bluffton sign

This sign was spotted in Roger and Sandy Hoffman front yard on Geiger Street for Bluffton's sesquicentennial celebration, which began over the June 24 weekend.

The sign even has some history as Roger mentioned that this sign was originally purchased from Fultz's Sign Co. back in 1986 for Bluffton's 125th Birthday.

Bluffton's Brand of Broadway, flea market, Civil War encampment, Boy Scout Indian village and lots more on Friday

Adam Belcher shows off his painted face from Thursday's kid's art activities - these continue on Friday

Watch a video preview of Bluffton's Brand of Broadway" - click here.

Two days remain - but they might be the best two! Bluffton's sesquicentennial celebration has a full weekend of activities planned Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2.

Here's Friday's schedule:

Lots of activities for youth on Thursday in Bluffton

If Monday was Ladies' Day, then Thursday, June 30, must be Kid's Day. Bluffton sesquicentennial events continue with a schedule of events gears for youth planned.

Here's Thursday's schedule:
o10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Children's activities planned in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church alley
o10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Adult and children art and photo contest, also in the Presbyterian Church yard.
o2 to 4 p.m. - American Girl tea at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center

Bluffton's Brand of Broadway Friday and Saturday at Yoder Recital Hall

After gathering together some of Bluffton's best musicians and vocalists, Pat Rodabaugh, representing the Bluffton Sesquicentennial Committee, is presenting "Bluffton's Brand of Broadway" at Yoder Hall at Bluffton University Friday and Saturday, July 1-2 at 7 p.m.

The show is free and includes selections from 15 Broadway musicals performed by local talent.

Everett Collier, Kevin Gratz, Kara Gratz, Sandy Miller, Kristi and Phil Shey, David Sycks and Rachael Lewis are just a handful of the performers on the program, which also features two male quartets.