To commemorate the milestone, the village is throwing a two-day, community-wide bash.
The 2018 sesquicentennial celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday with a pre-game tailgate party at Marsh Field before Monroeville High School’s first home football game of the season. That’s where the community can gather outside and celebrate with free food and time with neighbors before heading over for the game at 7 p.m.
“This is a great way to kick off the weekend,” said village fiscal officer Bonnie Beck, who described the event as a “family festival.”
“The whole weekend — it’s a just another opportunity to celebrate as a community. And what a great thing to know we’ve been here that long and we’re still bustling along.”
On Saturday, festivities start with a flea market which will run from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. and a 5-K run, which will start and finish on Monroe Street. The run starts at 8:30 a.m.
“We’re excited for this,” Beck said. “We’re probably close to about 65 participants, which is a good way to start off with registration.”
Touch-a-Truck runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, with the big parade starting at 10 a.m., which will end at Marsh Field.
“We’re really excited (for the parade),” she said.
“We’re focused on the kids there (at Marsh Field) this year. We’re having everyone gather there after the parade for what we’re calling a ‘Kidsapalooza.’ We’ll have cupcake decorating, face painting, bounce houses (and) yard games for the kids to play. Plus there’s going to be horse shoe pits and vendors set up there. We’ll just have a bunch of different little things for them to be doing down there.”
“Kidsapalooza!” ends at 5 p.m., when the celebration moves to Main Street to make way for square dancing in the street.
“We’re really excited about everything,” Beck said. “As it gets closer, we’re just getting more and more to be excited about.”
Sunday wraps up the celebration with a community prayer service, potluck and then finally a large community photo at 1:30 p.m.
“With the community picture, we’re making a commemorative book with photos from the whole weekend,” Beck said. “That will come out later in the year. We want to the book to capture all the pictures and everything that goes on. We’re hoping to get as many of the community people in the photo as possible.”
Beck said the celebration, in addition to honoring the 150-year milestone, is meant to help residents draw closer.
“I think that any opportunity to get the community together is a good thing,” she said. “Everybody is set in their ways — going to work, going home, having family time, whatever else. We’re all so busy. Sometimes we don’t get the opportunity to be with our neighbors. This is a great thing to spend time together and celebrate together.”
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Here’s a lineup for Monroeville’s sesquicentennial festival events, which runs Friday through Sunday at Marsh Field, unless otherwise specified:
5 to 6:30 p.m.: Free pre-game tailgate party
7 p.m.: Monreoville High School football home game — Monroeville vs Magaretta
Food trucks and a beer tent will be available throughout the day
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Flea market
8:30 a.m.: 5K, to start and finish on Monroe Street
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Touch-a-truck
10 a.m.: Sesquicentennial parade
11:30 a.m.: Beautiful baby contest
Noon: Author Liz Marquard speaking at the Monroeville Public Library
Noon to 5 p.m.: Kidsapalooza!
2 p.m.: Monroeville Bells vintage women’s baseball
7 to 11 p.m.: Square dancing on Milan Avenue
12:15 p.m.: Community prayer service
12:30 p.m.: Community potluck
1:30 p.m. Communtiy photo