Planning for Union County Bicentennial Celebration Begins


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Eric Phillips, CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, welcomes attendees at the Union County Bicentennial Kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 26.

Eric Phillips, CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, welcomes attendees at the Union County Bicentennial Kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 26.


Union County Commissioner Steve Stolte shares information about Union County’s early history and shares the vision for celebrating Union County’s milestone events, including the county bicentennial on Thursday, April 26.


Corrie Bott of the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau recorded ideas shared at the Bicentennial Kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 26.


About 30 people from organizations, businesses and communities across Union County gathered at Veterans Memorial Auditorium Thursday, April 26 to share ideas on how to celebrate the county’s 200th birthday in 2020.

The kick-off bicentennial planning meeting was organized by the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Union County Commissioner Steve Stolte explained that a few years ago the CVB accepted the commissioners’ invitation to organize the planning and promotion of milestone anniversaries of several communities and businesses in the county, from Milford Center’s 200th in 2016 through the county’s celebration in 2020.

As an introduction to the brainstorming session, Barb Miller, a Union County CVB board member, shared her experience in leading the planning for Union County’s celebration of Ohio’s bicentennial in 2003.

A sampling of ideas shared at Thursday’s meeting included a tour of century farms, a farm to table dinner, tour of historic homes, an old time music festival, interpreters acting the part of key people in Union County history, a history scavenger hunt for children, Uptown Friday Night events dedicated to the bicentennial, a series of bicentennial videos on social media, creation of a bicentennial flag and a fund-raising book of historical photos.

Corrie Bott and Ashton Bailey of the Union County CVB recorded the ideas, to be used in upcoming planning meetings, which will be announced. Volunteers interested in helping with bicentennial planning may contact the Union County CVB at 937-642-6279.

Eric Phillips, CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, welcomes attendees at the Union County Bicentennial Kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 26.
http://www.plaincity-advocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2018/05/web1_UCBicentennialKickoffEricPhillipspiccol.jpgEric Phillips, CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, welcomes attendees at the Union County Bicentennial Kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 26.

Union County Commissioner Steve Stolte shares information about Union County’s early history and shares the vision for celebrating Union County’s milestone events, including the county bicentennial on Thursday, April 26.
http://www.plaincity-advocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2018/05/web1_UCBicentennialKickoffSteveStoltepiccol.jpgUnion County Commissioner Steve Stolte shares information about Union County’s early history and shares the vision for celebrating Union County’s milestone events, including the county bicentennial on Thursday, April 26.

Corrie Bott of the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau recorded ideas shared at the Bicentennial Kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 26.
http://www.plaincity-advocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/2018/05/web1_UCBicentennialKickoffCorrieBottpiccol.jpgCorrie Bott of the Union County Convention and Visitors Bureau recorded ideas shared at the Bicentennial Kick-off meeting on Thursday, April 26.

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