The city of Portsmouth is beginning to gear up to celebrate 200 years of history. The Portsmouth Bicentennial Committee has been in the planning phase for this celebration for the past three years and plans are finally ready for everyone to enjoy.
“We began planning several years ago,” said Gina Chabot, general co-chair for the Portsmouth Bicentennial Committee. “There are several people who are involved in these plans, including my co-chair Vicky Hatcher. We are both excited and thrilled to celebrate with our community the long history our great city has within it.”
Chabot said a calendar is being developed that will include all of the activities and events throughout the year and although the city doesn’t officially turn 200 until 2015, the celebration will begin as soon as this September.
“We will start our celebration in tandem with some existing celebrations. Since some of these events have taken place for a very long time, it only made sense to use them to demonstrate the history that continues to thrive in Portsmouth,” Chabot said.
Several small events will lead up to the St. Mary’s Festival and Portsmouth Oktoberfest, which will take place Sept. 19-21. This will be the first large event that will incorporate the Bicentennial Celebration. During this festival, which sports a German theme, Co-chairs Rick Estep and Tim Paul announced that everything from live music, entertainment and wine tasting will take place.
“The co-chairs for this event have really put a lot of thought into making sure the international theme continues while highlighting the rich heritage that was brought to our great city,” she said.
Some of the events during the festival include: Sept. 19 - a performance by Rick Ferrell, Beer Garten and Wine Tasting and Brats & Kraut with Beer from Ohio’s oldest brewery; Sept. 20 – a performance by Led food Johnny & American Gypsy, Antique Car Show, inflatables, flea market, art show, health screenings, side-walk sales and evening entertainment with the Beer Garten and Brats and Sept. 21 – a performance by City Heat and Gary Billips, murals scavenger hunt, games, fitness challenge and many other activities.
“This is just the beginning of our year-long celebration. We hope to have a calendar of events ready by the end of August so that we can share all of the great historical fun we have planned for our community to enjoy,” Chabot said.
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