by Mitchell Kirk
Entertainment, activities and a whole lot of cake return this year for the annual Celebrate Logansport event on Thursday.
Downtown revitilization organization Logan’s Landing will be hosting the free event for what Becki Harris, the organization’s director, estimates to be its 10th or 11th consecutive year. She said it was originally created to give people who work downtown something to do over their lunch hours.
“There are a lot of people who work downtown and then they clock out at the end of the day and they go home and don’t spend time downtown,” she said.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Farmers Market lot at the corner of Fourth and Market streets, the event will celebrate Logansport’s 175th birthday with free birthday cake while supplies last and strawberry shortcake dished up by city employees for $5 apiece. There will be free delivery on orders of 10 or more to the same location. The funds raised will go toward Logan’s Landing.
“It’s a chance for citizens to get a chance to interact with some of the public servants,” Harris said.
Cheryl Alcorn, administrative assistant at Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin’s office, is coordinating the city employees’ participation in the event.
“This is our day to serve the community and celebrate all the good things in Logansport,” she said.
The event will also offer free activities and entertainment like a performance by local musician Jason McKeever, face painting by Logansport High School’s dance team the Berryettes and a guided tour of the Iron Horse Depot’s railroad museum by Carl Simons, also known as Conductor Carl. Reading Railroad will be providing free activities for kids as well.
The Logansport Art Association will be holding a free make-and-take print-making activity.
Rachel Ellington, the association’s director, emphasized the importance of local organizations participating in the event.
“We have to continue to work as a community,” she said. “That’s important because we live in little Logansport but it doesn’t look so little when you go to events like this.”
For $1 each, attendees can take their pick of 100 balloons to pop and retrieve a slip of paper inside with a prize written on it. The prizes were donated from local merchants, ranging from gift certificates to free movie passes for the new multiplex on the east side of town. The grand prize of the day will be a raffle for an old school Beach Cruiser bike donated by Regions Insurance. Raffle tickets are $1 each.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go:
WHAT: Celebrate Logansport
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6
WHERE: Farmers Market lot at corner of Fourth and Market streets
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