City prepares for 175th anniversary
With the City of Washington’s 175th anniversary coming up next year and the plans for the eight-day celebration already in the works, Washington Chamber of Commerce director Michelle Peiffer wants people to know that the chamber is only administering the celebration and it really belongs to everyone.
The event will be held from Sunday, June 1, to Sunday, June 8, 2014. Peiffer said that each day would have its own theme. Recently, it was determined co-chairs of the committee will be Diane Gallagher and Millie Youngquist. Secretary will be Heather Schultz.
“The chamber had an open meeting with the public to gather ideas,” Peiffer said. “From there, it was decided to form a core steering committee of people who represent different backgrounds in Washington. The hope is to get a small number of people to reach out to their different cores of influence so we can get an event that really embodies the whole spirit of Washington.”
The planning for the event started in the spring with an open meeting.
Peiffer said that the June 1 events will be ‘On the Move’ and will coordinate with the annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Washington Municipal Airport. Nic Sabatke and Kierstan Peck will co-chair that day’s planning. She said the events during that day will showcase transportation of any kind.
History Day, with Virginia McCurdy coordinating those plans, is June 2. Several activities focusing on history are being planned. Peiffer said the committee members aren’t putting on the events, but hope the community will ask to be part of the event.
Business and Industry will be celebrated June 3. Sarah Sadrakula will organize that day’s events. The focus will be on local businesses.
Arts & Crafts Day is June 4 with Karen Moenck and Renee Guy handling the details. Some ideas have been possibly creating sidewalk art or lost art demonstrations.
Jerome & Heidi Vittetoe will organize the June 5, Agriculture Day events. The farmers market, which happens every Thursday during the summer, will be showcased. Other events such as a possible neighborhood picnic are being discussed.
Family Health and Fitness Day, organized by Erin and Shannon Rugg, is Friday, June 6.
The Chamber gals – Peiffer and Dani Kane — will coordinate the topping off day, called Young at Heart Day on June 7. It will include the event’s parade that expands on the usual Ridiculous Day events and parade.
“We want to make it bigger and make it grander,” Peiffer said. “We want to focus on young adults that evening. We are thinking concerts, bands and possibly an alumni football game.”
Sunday, June 8, Gary McCurdy will direct the organizing of “Living the Dream - All Church/Americana Day.” An all-denominational church service and an alumni band performance are being discussed.
The committee, Peiffer said, is to ask members of the community to be a part of the event and help create activities. She said the ideas are opportunities for everyone to get involved.
During the original research, Peiffer said, there were 12 different words describing a 175th anniversary. She said that she couldn’t pronounce any of them. She said it is yet to be decided if any of the words will be used to describe the event.