ROCHESTER COMMUNITY PARK AND HISTORICAL PARK
Friday, September 13
Tot Rods: 5:00PM
Carnival: 5-9 PM
Saturday, September 14
7:00 am – 9:00 am Free Pancake Breakfast—Rochester Christian Church
7:30 am—Walk/Run, “Race to the Party” (rain or shine)
8:00 am—Farmer’s Market
9:00 am—Fishing Derby—Harry Hendrickson
10:00 am—Opening Ceremony—Stone House; (rain plan—under tent)
Flag Raising—BSA, VFW, 114th Regiment (gun salute), Re-enactors,
Dignitaries—State, County, Township, Village, RSC Board
Reading of Proclamations
Time Capsule—Adam Gribbins
Recognition—Oldest persons, youngest
Announcements of Winners—Scarecrow contest, Walk/Run
Citizen of the Year—40th Anniversary
Masonic Lodge—150th Anniversary
11:00 am—Car Expo—Elementary School Parking Lot
12:00 pm—Miss Rochester Pageant
Vendors and Artisans in Park and Stone House Area:
Encampment, 114th Regiment; Rescue and Fire Squads, VFW, Class of ‘59 and ’69, Sesquicentennial Booth, Time Capsule Booth, Hope Therapeutic Riding Center,
Deb’s Nantuckets & more; Textiles, Kathy Roe; Forge, Kelly Firebaugh; Loess Rock Club; Flint-knapper, Danny Morres; Paul Carlson
Savor the Flavor:
Boy Scouts; Churches; Shick-Shack; Coffee Vendor; Concession Stand
1:00-3:00 pm—Musical Entertainment—Stone House
6:00 pm—Dessert Reception and Student Entertainment—Fine Arts Auditorium
7:00pm— Sesquicentennial Gala—DUAL PIANOS—Mark Gifford, Damien Kaplan
7:30 pm—Unchained—Rochester Park
Sunday, September 15
1:00 pm Birthday Party
1:00-5:00 pm Carnival
3:00 pm Monarch Butterfly Release
Celebrate the Sesquicentennial
150 Years of Rochester
Rochester is ready to celebrate its 150th birthday throughout 2019. Each month has a focus on a specific event. Please check out our Facebook page.
An overview of these activities is listed below:
- Sesquicentennial Tea at 2 o’clock, April 13.
- Quilt Show, Bed Turning at 3 o’clock, April 13.
Reservation only, April 13, 2019 – Rochester United Methodist Church
We are looking for QUILTS to feature in the show. They must pre-date 1950.
- Unveiling of Vintage Poster
- “The 3 R’s” – Monday, May 13, 7 PM at the Rochester United Methodist Church
- 2nd Historical Home Tour in Downtown Rochester (See Events Page for more details)
- Prairie & Farm Fields (at the Rochester Fire Department)
- July 13th – focus on local agriculture:
- John Deere portrayal by Brian “Fox” Ellis
- Antique Tractor Show
- Events for children
- James McCoy Portrayal by David Ramsey
Major Sponsor: Sloan Implement Company
- August 30th – Presentation of large flag at home football game
- Arbor Day tree plantings
- September 8th, 2019- 1pm– Dedication of James McCoy family cemetery plaque
- Will be located at the chapel inside the Rochester Cemetery
- Sesquicentennial Run/Walk
September 14, 2019
Sign up for run/walk HERE
13th – 14th – 15th – Sesquicentennial Weekend Celebration
There are several events that have been scheduled for the Sesquicentennial Weekend Celebration! Some of these include:
- Pancake Breakfast
- 5k/10k Walk / Run
- Opening Ceremonies and Festivities in the Park in the Stone House
- Miss Rochester Pageant
Events are still being scheduled and arranged. Keep checking back to keep up to date on all the events that will be going on throughout the weekend!
Have something you would like to see at the Sesquicentennial Celebration?
Tell us about it! Click the link HERE.
We have started our focus on fund-raising with a “150 for $150” campaign which targets 150 donors who will contribute $150.
If you would like to be a part of this project, please feel free to contribute any amount you wish as all donations are very much appreciated.
Please go to the Fund-raising portion of the website for the Donor Card information.
Carolyn: (email@example.com) or at 498-7891
Ruth Ann: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 498-9804
Used with permission from the Rochester Times
McDaniel, Toby. “Rochester Sesquicentennial.” Rochester Times