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Fostoria celebrates 100 years

Friday, July 20, 2012

Travelers can expect a few changes as they pass through the city of Fostoria on Saturday. Residents in the community of 231 are celebrating Fostoria's centennial with a run/walk, parade, carnival and street dance. [Order this photo]
Organizers for Fostoria's centennial celebration think they have something for everyone.

Visitors can relax and watch a movie or a parade.

Or they can get moving with a 5K walk/run and street dance.

Either way, centennial participants are likely to enjoy the community's hospitality with friends, neighbors and relatives. Many of the locals will be wearing T-shirts -- Dawn Powell, one of the centennial's organizers, had a second order of shirts printed to commemorate the event.

"We are expecting a good turnout," she said. "We tried to get the word out as much as we can."

The Fostoria Centennial Committee has been meeting for about three years to gear up for the celebration. A group of eight volunteers helped put plans in motion. As the centennial date approaches, more and more volunteers have stepped forward to help.

The schedule begins as the sun fades below the horizon tonight. The movie "American Graffiti" will be featured in an outdoor screening at Fostoria City Park. The 1973 film was directed by George Lucas. Cast members include Harrison Ford -- before the actor and director paired up in "Star Wars." Other cast members include Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Cindy Williams.

A good night's sleep is recommended after closing credits because Saturday's schedule includes an early start.

"The next morning we are going to be having a 5K/10K run," Powell said. "Registration is 6:30-7:30 a.m., with the run starting at 7:30. That is going to be held at the Prairie Flower, which is 4 1/2 miles west of Fostoria, so the path we have will be running amongst the prairie flowers. That should be really fun."

The highlight of any town festival is a parade. A 90-minute registration period for entries begins at 9 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m.

Don't spoil lunch with too much parade route candy, however. Fostoria's Centennial Committee has a good meal planned.

"The Clay County Cattlemen will be grilling hamburgers and we'll have a freewill lunch at the City Park -- at noon, or whenever the parade is done," Powell said.

The Fostoria Methodist Church will have ice cream sundaes at the park to accompany lunch.

City Hall will be open special hours for a centennial historical display and sale. Farmers Savings Bank of Fostoria will be open from 1-3 p.m. for an open house as well.

"After that, we will have a kids carnival (starting at 2 p.m.) and a garden tractor pull (near the grain elevator at 3 p.m.) in the afternoon," Powell said.

The street dance and beer garden will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight featuring Driven, a band out of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Tractors and classic cars will be on display throughout the day.

Remember chairs and sunscreen for an event that is 100 years in the making.

"It should be very memorable," Powell said.


Friday, July 20

At NightfallMovie in the Park: "American Graffiti"

Saturday, July 21

6:30 a.m.Registration for 5K Run/Walk
7:30 a.m.5K Run/Walk
9-10:30 a.m.Registration for Parade
11 a.m.Parade
12-1:30 p.m.Lunch at the Shelter House

- Burgers by Clay County Cattlemen

- Beans, chips, lemonade, etc

- Ice cream Sundays by Fostoria United Methodist Church

2-3 p.m.Carnival
3-5:30 p.m.Mini-tractor pull
7 p.m. to midnightBand "Driven"

- Beer Garden

- Dance

- Vendors

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