Fiscal officer Bonnie Beck said the village was “really bummed” when organizers realized they would need to reschedule the highly-anticipated sesquicentennial celebration. It originally was planned for the first weekend in September. The literal rain date has been set for Oct. 14.
“In all honesty, we lost a little momentum at first,” Beck said. “I think it was just so disappointing — having all the hype, getting it all together and then needing to cancel it because of the rain. I think it just kind of took that momentum away. As it gets closer though, we’re getting more excited.”
The biggest contributor to that increased excitement has been seeing the community’s continued enthusiasm, despite the weather’s previous interference, she added.
“We were so happy to get so many phone calls asking if it was going to be rescheduled. We were very encouraged by that,” said Beck, who believes residents’ interest and excitement have remained steady.
“We sent out bulletins to kids at the school the week of the (originally-planned) celebration and we were really, really thrilled to know how much they were looking forward to it and that they wanted it rescheduled. It was encouraging to us and helped us to keep moving forward with it,” she said.
The celebration originally was planned as a two-day event. Though the festival now will be a “jam-packed back-to-back” one-day event, Beck said attendees will find it will be no less enjoyable.
“We’re happy with the way things panned out,” she said. “It seemed like anything that dropped out, I feel like we made up for it. Events should be ending about 5 p.m., then coming right back at (the) K of C for square dancing, so it’ll be a full … schedule.”
The parade, which begins at noon, will have the same number of participants as originally scheduled — something Beck said they were “very happy” about. Following the parade, a community picnic and photo, the Kidsapalooza, cutest baby contest, flea market, women’s softball tournament and other activities will take place at Marsh Field. The only event that didn’t make the new schedule was the Touch-a-Truck.
The square dance, originally scheduled to take place outdoors, will be from 5 to 9 p.m. inside the Knights of Columbus building.
“We weren’t taking in risks in case is rains that evening,” Beck said with a laugh. “And we will have Bone Boys Barbecue providing meals for the attenders and Pean’s Pizza and the beer garden will be there as well.”
Anyone with questions about Monroeville’s sesquicentennial can call the village offices at 419-465-2922.