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Bluffton Sesquicentennial

Who, what and when for the sesquicentennial

It's almost here...a couple days away. It's Bluffton's sesquicentennial celebration week. The sesquicentennial committee recently released a poster listing a summary of activities. Icon viewers may download the poster for a quick reference on what takes place where and when.

Answers to the two most asked questions follow:

When are the fireworks?

Friday, June 24, at Salzman Stadium, Bluffton University, at dusk

When is the 150th parade?

Saturday, July 1, at 1 p.m.

Movie posters sale at Shannon Theatre

Shannon Theatre will hold a movie poster sale during the sesquicentennial. Hundreds of movie posters (2006-present) will be on sale. All posters only $10. Shannon Theatre lobby Friday, June 24, Saturday, June 25, Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Swiss Day combines with Old Settler's potluck June 26

The Swiss Community Historical Society shares its traditional, Sunday, June 26, Swiss Day schedule this year with the Old Settler's Potluck & Reunion organized by the Bluffton Sesquicentennial.

Both groups are invited to bring food and attend the noon potluck meal at 12:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, as well as the afternoon program time.

The Bluffton Sesquicentennial Planning Committee developed a plan for a potluck and get-together of descendants of the early settlers of the Bluffton area on June 26 at Ebenezer Church.

Flea market and history presentation July 1 by S.H.A.N.N.O.N Service Club

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club (Sharing Hopes And Nourishing Needs Of Neighbors) has several activities planned during Bluffton's sesquicentennial week, according to Duane Bollenbacher of the club.

July 1: Street Fair/Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be held on Church Street between Main and Jackson. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids' activities will be provided, including free face-painting. For information about obtaining a space for the Flea Market, contact Deb Bollenbacher at 419-358-7365.

Bluffton's past on display at The Black Lab Trading Co.

CLICK THE PRINTER-FRIENDLY ATTACHMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY FOR DETAILS ON HOW YOU MAY ASSIST THE HERITAGE CENTER.

Have you ever seen a cream separator - a true Bluffton original- or a Scott and Ewing engine, also made in Bluffton?

You can see those products and more in the window of The Black Lab Trading Co., 121 N. Main St. this month.

The Black Lab has partnered with the Bluffton Heritage Center Project to celebrate the sesquicentennial by displaying multiple historic items in their front window for the next month.

Everything you want to know about the Bluffton sesquicentennial

Bluffton's Sesquicentennial Committee has provide an update to events planned here June 24 to July 2. The latest schedule follows:

NOTE: A PRINTER-FRIENDLY SCHEDULE IS AN ATTACHMENT AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS STORY.

1) Festival of Wheels Car Show 2 pm on Friday, June 24.

2) Relay for Life Bluffton University Stadium starting at 4 pm on Friday, June 24. Fireworks will follow at dark.

3) The Sesquicentennial Grand Opening 11am to 3 pm on Saturday, June 25.

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