by Amie Sites
Music filled the air, children created sidewalk chalk drawings and city officials served birthday cake and strawberry shortcake Thursday afternoon during Celebrate Logansport.
There were also booths from local organizations like Reading Railroad, Logansport Arts Alliance, Cass County Historical Society and more set up at the farmers market lot at Fourth and Market streets.
Logansport city councilman Joe Buck attended the event with his 4-year-old grandson, Sam. Buck said the day was nice and he enjoyed the entertainment.
“Everything here helps Logan's Landing,” Buck said. “I’m glad to see it succeed.”
Local musician Jason McKeever performed during the two hours.
Chris Armstrong, Logansport Community Development Director, read a park proclamation at the beginning of the event and then handed out birthday cake to the community.
Carol Sue Hayworth, Logansport Clerk-Treasurer, Nancy Hewitt and Mary Bates, of the clerk treasurer office, and men from Logansport Fire Department passed out strawberry shortcake.
Becki Harris, Logan’s Landing Director, said the event went well. Harris said they presented a surprise plaque to Carl Simons, who was a conductor for 39 years.
Simons gave guided tours at the Depot during Celebrate Logansport. Simmons said the plaque was a complete surprise.
Other activities during the event were the Logansport Berryettes who were giving free face painting. Hunter Curl, Shelby Price, Emma Bowen and Mary Eshelman, all Berryettes, wore period dresses from the Cole Clothing Museum.
The girls said it was fun to dress up.
Harris said she thought the period dresses fit in with Logansport’s 175th anniversary.
Mark Racop, owner of Fiberglass Freaks, was also at Celebrate Logansport with one of his licensed “Batmobile” replicas.
Kathy Dingo, of Logan’s Landing, said they had sold 350 pieces of strawberry shortcake within the first hour and expected to sell out.
Dingo said it was the perfect day.
“The event was family oriented,” Dingo said. “It’s also nice for people to get out and meet who they have elected.”
Sandi Korreckt, co-chair of the event, has been with Logan’s Landing for two years but it was her first year as co-chair.
“It’s been busy, but great,” Korreckt said. “I’ve been able to see what it takes to set everything up.”
Cass County Commissioner Ralph Anderson was also at the event.
"I'm enjoying the people, entertainment and the strawberry shortcake, of course," Anderson said.
Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.