175th kicks off Sunday
After over a year of planning, countless man-hours of work and plenty of support from the entire community, the celebration of Washington’s 175th anniversary will begin Sunday morning.
The first day of the event will celebrate transportation in Washington. Dubbed “On the Move Day,” the morning events will center around the annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Washington Municipal Airport. Afternoon events will move back into Washington and center around the square as more land-based forms of transportation and other methods Washington uses to stay in motion will be featured.
“It’s a great way to celebrate,” Sunday’s co-organizer Nic Sabatke said. “Washington has been around for 175 years. There are a lot of small towns in Iowa that aren’t blooming like we are. Let’s celebrate that.”
The Fly-In Breakfast begins at 7 a.m., as does a bike ride to the event. This event regularly draws about 60 planes to the airport. Throughout the morning the planes will be on display. The Spokebusters will host the bike ride that will leave from the Washington Square and ride to the breakfast. Participants will choose the return route. A ribbon cutting will be held at the airport at 9 a.m. to officially kick off the week’s events.
At 8 a.m. the Stay Back 5K run, hosted by the Washington and Brighton fire departments, will begin registry, with the starting gun in front of Bodywrx at 9 a.m.
At noon, the Corn Country Cruisers will roll their vintage cars onto the square for an afternoon of display. The Model Railroad Club and Museum and the Washington County Safety Coalition will provide other displays.
The Washington Tree Committee will hold a tree tour at 1 and 3 p.m. led by committee member and nationally certified arborist Andy Dahl and local historian Mike Zahs. To register, call 653-3884. Self-guided information is available at City Hall and the library.
Just Us Girls will perform on the bandstand beginning at 2 p.m.
At 3:30 p.m. the bandstand will be the site of a Latino traditional outfit contest. Adults and children are invited to participate in the best regional traje (outfit) from their country. Attendees will vote on the best one.
“This helps get the Hispanic community involved as well,” Sabatke said.
At 4 p.m. Los Embajadores (The Ambassadors), a Des Moines-based band founded in 2002 for the preservation and promotion of Latino cultural traditions, will perform different dances from all around Mexico.
From 5 to 9 p.m. the Sunset Salsa will be held on the square. Instructor Jorge Torres will give professional Salsa lessons from 5 to 6 p.m. The event will give people the opportunity to experience the joy of dancing in a public space to different Latin rhythms.
History Day kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday on the square with a tour of Square architecture. Local historian Mike Kramme will lead the tour, which leaves from the library. Another tour will leave at 3 p.m. A re-enactment of downtown business will be held at 11 a.m. at various locations in the downtown area. Registration for the beard-judging contest begins at 1 p.m. in Central Park with judging to be done at 2 p.m.
At 1:15 p.m. on the bandshell, Rosemary Harris will perform as Ola Babcock Miller. She will discuss Miller’s time as Iowa Secretary of State and the formation of the Iowa State Patrol.
A historic costume style show will be held at 4 p.m. on the bandstand. Registration will be at 3 p.m.
At 3 p.m. a selftour of Conger House will be offered. Self tours of the DAR log cabin in Sunset Park; Blair House; and F Troop Museum will be held beginning at 4 p.m.
At 8:30 p.m. a discussion of the historic Graham Opera House and the Brintons will be held at the State Theatre.