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.