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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 03/06/13
Don't miss the 175th celebration on May 18
by CHRIS GRAYThough Romeo's anniversary celebration is March 9, the party will continue in May.
Observer Staff Writer
The 175th Anniversary Committee has planned for a day of food, fun and even lasers during the 175th Anniversary celebration held on May 18.
The event begins with a street fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Romeo, and ends with a laser light show at the Lions Field from 7-9 p.m.
Kim Hale, co-chair of the 175th Anniversary Committee, said the March 9 event is seen as a gathering for the local communities, whereas the events planned for May 18 are designed to draw guests from out of the area.
"We're really looking to draw people into the Romeo area from outside, to really show off Romeo in a way that really communicates the personality of the town," Hale said.
The section of Main Street north of St. Clair from Rawles to West streets will be packed with exhibits showcasing Romeo's history. While in the area, guests can watch performances scheduled throughout the day in the Village Park and check out historic re-enactors.
The parking lot located southeast of the Main Street and St. Clair junction will provide food and beverages in the form of food trucks and a beer tent. Festival-goers can enjoy performances from bands such as Austin Scott or The Rusty Wright Band while munching.
Vendors, artists and crafters will have their wares on display on Main Street between St. Clair and Newberry streets. Meanwhile, local businesses and non-profits will promote themselves at a business expo in Taylor Alley.
The remaining section of Main Street from Newberry to Church streets will transform into the Kids' Zone, where kids can enjoy old-fashioned games, balloon sculptures, arts and crafts, face painting and more.
At 7 p.m., guests can bring their blankets and chairs to Lions Field, located at 269 E. Washington Street, for a laser light show. The show will begin at dusk.
Hale said the 175th committee is about $2,500 away from its monetary goal for the event. She said if anything over the goal is received it'll go toward funding more activities.
"The goal here is to break even, we don't want to end up with any leftover money," she said.
Further information can be found at romeoturns175.com.