The Village of Walbridge is throwing a party this year to observe its centennial and many events are planned to coincide with the July 4th holiday.
Much of the celebration will be at Loop Park where there will be food, entertainment, and displays of memorabilia July 4-6.
Darlene Limmer, president of the Walbridge Centennial Committee, said family scrapbooks and photos of the village’s earlier days are being compiled at the village library for the display.
A ceremony is planned for July 4 at noon in the park to commemorate the centennial as well as the crowning of “Miss Village of Walbridge” and a talent show.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9963 will hold a flag burning ceremony at the park at noon on the 4th.
On July 5, there will be more entertainment, rides, and vendors. There will be Karaoke in the afternoon and a performance by the band, Larry & The Ridgerunners, in the evening.
A parade on July 6 starts at 11 a.m. at the Walnut Hills Trailer Park and proceeds down Main Street then to Loop Park. Limmer said about 80 entrants have registered, including the Shriners, owners of vintage autos, and civic organizations with floats.
The Lake Township Volunteer Fire Department’s safety trailer and a LifeFlight helicopter will be at Loop Park on July 6, she said, and there will be children’s games, clowns, face painting, and other activities.
Larry & The Ridgerunners will also perform on the evening of the 6th.
The fire department will have a display at the shelter house depicting the department’s history, Limmer said, and there will also be a display by railroad memorabilia collectors.
Other events are being planned for later in the year.
On Aug. 10, a baseball game between a team sponsored by CSX and former players who played on the village’s successful Bears and Cubs youth teams will be held and a quilt show is being scheduled for Sept. 21 at the VFW Hall.
Memorial bricks are also being sold and organizers are planning for the burial of a time capsule in September, Limmer said.
The village was incorporated in 1913 and council held its first meeting in April of that year.
The current council held a special meeting on April 7 to mark the 100th anniversary of that event.