All-day community Fourth of July event planned

Zoe Greszler • Jun 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Plans continue to roll as Norwalk 200 draws near.

“We’re getting closer,” Chamber of Commerce director Melissa James said. “Some of the projects are starting to come together.

“Our calendar is coming along nicely,” James said of the special item that will be available at this year’s Light Up Norwalk. “We have some pictures ready and we’ll see again next month how it’s coming.” 

This project, headed by the historical committee, will be one of the first of special Norwalk 200 memorabilia and will include the dates of other special events planned for the city’s 200th anniversary. The calendar will take you through Norwalk’s history to its future as the year progresses.

“Each month we will have a historical picture starting with our founders -— Platt and Sally Benedict and ending with the class of 2017 from our two local high schools (Norwalk and St. Paul),” said committee member John Schumm. “Thus, we begin with the founders and end with the future of Norwalk.”

The committees also plan to sell special edition T-shirts, which will be available in a limited quantity of a few various colors. 

The products committee displayed a few of the memorabilia items they are working on including “bicentennial bison,” hand puppets and discussed ideas for Norwalk 200 Christmas ornaments and charms.

“We’re really tightening up on Light Up Norwalk, which will of course be our big kick-off for the bicentennial,” James said. “We really need the businesses to hook up with us now.

“We have carriage rides planned, because those are always a big hit. We will not be shutting down Main Street this year though. So that will be a little different. But we’ll have a direct line to Santa Clause again, which is exciting. We’re considering having a senior group reading Christmas stories to kids and we want to have a small market, just for like the bicentennial memorabilia, maybe some student art or the homemade soaps and old-time candy.”

Light Up Norwalk will also feature family-friendly entertainment and fun children’s activities including old-time crafts and cookie decorating.

The chamber plans to kick-start the community spirit they hope to carry into next year with this Fourth of July celebration.

“Starting right after the parade, we want to make it an all day long affair at the Huron County Fair Grounds where families and individuals bring their cookout and gathering there to celebrate together,” James said.

“We’re thinking of having a military static and maybe a civil war reenactment. And we’d love for this year to start something we do every year, for it to continue.” 

The chamber asks that any and all who are interested in getting involved, whether a business or an interested citizen, do so. 

“Anyone who wants to get involved, we want them,” James said. “This is a community event. We want everyone to play.”

Anyone who has an idea to share can call, email or visit the chamber on Main Street. Residents also are welcome to attend a meeting, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month. 

“Even if they don’t have any ideas, but just want to be a part of this, we welcome them,” James said.

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