Amy Krueger, executive director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said the Archbold Sesquicentennial Committee has $8,266.02 in the bank, including $3,050 in donations received from area businesses.
Speaking to the committee at its Thursday, March 31 meeting, Krueger said letters were sent to area businesses, seeking sponsorship of the celebration.
The letter generated $3,050 in donations by the meeting date.
Jim Wyse, a member of the Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, said some businesses had bills to pay at the end of the month, which had delayed their support; others “didn’t hesitate” to support the celebration of Archbold’s 150th birthday, set for July 13-17.
Archbold Village Council has also set aside money to help fund the celebration.
Theresa Van Sickle, of the Archbold Community Theatre, told the committee ACT has received the final version of the script for the historical play about the village, “Archbold, Ohio, the Village That Could.”
She noted the script was different from an earlier draft because the author, Brenda Pursel Schluenes, an Archbold native living in North Carolina, was concerned about offending people.
When asked if the play would be humorous, Steve Van Sickle, a member of ACT and of the steering committee said, “It will be more than it is now.”
In response to a question, Krueger said Schluenes has been paid $5,000 for the script.
Open Houses, Parade
Steve Pape, an Archbold Fire Department member, said German Township Trustees will hold an open house, Saturday, July 16, at the township building, 305 W. Mechanic Street.
The fire department will hold an open house that same day at the village vehicle storage building at the intersection of South Defiance Street and West Mechanic Street.
The exhibit will include two antique vehicles– a fire truck from the 1930s and a 1950s station wagon converted into an ambulance.
There will also be photos and other items on display.
Pape said the department doesn’t have photos and artifacts from the 1920s to 1940s.
Persons with items from that era are asked to contact AFD members.
Dale Kern, a member of the Archbold Rotary Club, said the Bud Widmer Rube Band, with 30 to 35 members, will march in the Sesquicentennial Parade, which is scheduled to start at 10:30 am, Saturday morning, July 16.
Others in the parade will include Toledo Mud Hens costumed mascots.
Pape told committee members the music for the fireworks display, set for Saturday night during the event, has been selected and sent to the Wauseon Fire Department.
WFD members have the necessary licenses and will be in charge of launching the fireworks and synchronizing the fireworks to the music selected.
The former soccer fields in Memorial Park, between the west parking lot and Archbold Evangelical Church, have been selected as the launching site for the fireworks.
The safety zone will include the parking lot west of the baseball diamonds, Victory Lane, and Lafayette St.
Pape said Lafayette Street won’t close until 10 pm, which will help with traffic.
Pat Wyse, of the Archbold Lions Club, said the group has set its menu for its Chicken Barbecue on Friday night, July 15.
The group begins serving food at 5 pm. A fundraising auction starts at 6:45 pm.
Kris Jemmott, director of historic operations for Sauder Village, said the village won’t have its display on the history of Archbold ready for the actual celebration date of May 23 at Archbold schools.
It will be ready for the celebration in July, she said.
Diane Tinsman, president of the Black Swamp Arts Council, said all 10 of the barn quilts, painted by volunteers, will be hung on area barns– hopefully in the next two weeks.
Also, work continues on an exhibit featuring the work of C.C. Britsch, Archbold native, author, architect, and artist.
Jennifer Kidder, director of Archbold Parks & Recreation, was not at the meeting, but reported through Steve Van Sickle that a sand volleyball tournament has been set for Friday and Saturday, July 15-16.
A basketball tournament is being planned through Junior Achievement, and there is also a soccer tournament in the works.
The Archbold Community Library will celebrate its 150th anniversary during the Sesquicentennial. Plans include an open house and refreshments.
The next meeting of the Sesquicentennial Committee is Tuesday, May 3, 7 pm, at Wyse Commons, Fairlawn Retirement Community.