September 13-14-15Friday, September 13COMMUNITY PARK5:00pm–Tot Rods at Wild Rose Lane6:00 pm—Scavenger Hunt7:30pm–Dance Revue—Above & Beyond Dance Co.5-9pm—CarnivalSesquicentennial BoothFood: CooperstrEATside Bistro, Carnival Food Truck, Ice DeliSaturday, September 14HISTORICAL PARK8:00–Encampment—114th Illinois Vol. Inf. Reg. Reactivated, Fur Traders7:00-9:00 am—Free Pancake Breakfast at Rochester Christian ChurchCOMMUNITY PARK7:30am—Walk/Run, “Race to the Party” (rain or shine)8:00am—Farmer’s Market9:00am—Fishing Derby for eighth-graders and youngerHISTORICAL PARK10:00am–Opening Ceremony at Stone House (under tent in case of rain)Flag Raising—Boy Scouts, VFW, 114th (gun salute), Re-enactorsNational AnthemInvocation: Pastor Sam JanssenAnnouncements of Walk/Run winnersDignitaries—State, County, Township, Village, RSC BoardReading of Proclamation—Rep. Tim ButlerTime Capsule—Eagle Scout Candidate Adam GribbinsRecognition of Coin Contest Winner—Ellie TweryonRecognition—Seniors (90 years+) and baby born closest to March 1Citizen of the Year—Recognition of past Citizens of the YearRecognition of Masonic Lodge 150th Anniversary,Police, FireDepartments and Agricultural Community12:00 pm—Car Cruise-In for the 150th at Elementary School Parking Loton West Main Street Campus12:00-3:00 pm–Rochester Cub Scouts Rocket Day – Community ParkCOMMUNITY / HISTORICAL PARKSVendors and Artisans:Encampment, Fire/Rescue Squads, Police, VFW, Sesquicentennial Booth,Time Capsule Booth, Hope Therapeutic Riding Center, Rochester Authors,Deb’s Nantuckets & More, Forge, Kelly Firebaugh, Loess Rock Club,Flint-knapper Danny Morres, Paul Carlson and Fur Traders, GerberdingsRag Rugs, Chaplain, Quilting Display, Pony Cart Rides, Farmers’ Marketplace, Arrowroot Coffee, Four Sweets, Ostermeier Honey, Displays by Taft & Coffey Families, Virtual Reality Look at Rocherster – Matt Kluge, Randy Bellville (Mums and Fall items), Sweet Heat BBQ, Waldmires,Fruit of the Spirit Jams, RobertsFOOD—Five Churches, Shick-Shack, Carnival, Ice Deli1:00-4:00 pm—Carnival1:00-5:00 pm—Music—Junior Stevens & Tim Garman, Whirled Peas4:00 pm—Miss Rochester Pageant5:00-9:00 pm—CarnivalRHS FINE ARTS AUDITORIUM6:00pm— Student Entertainment7:00pm—Sesquicentennial Complimentary Concert (tickets required)DUAL PIANO—Mark Gifford & Damien KaplanPresented by Rochester Lions Cllub and Jim Rowley/Edward JonesCOMMUNITY PARK7:00-8:30 pm—Unchained—Featuring local young talent9:00 pm—FireworksSunday, September 15HISTORICAL PARK1:00 pm–Rochester Drumline, directed by David McCafferty1:15 pm–Rochester’s 150th Birthday Party—Cupcakes & Ice Creamfor first 150 party-goers1:30 pm—Entertainment—Musical Group “Every Other Sunday”2:45 pm–Playlet3:00 pm—Monarch Butterfly ReleaseClosing Ceremony1:00-5:00 pm–Carnival, Community Park
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 – Rochester Sesquicentennial Community 150 Football Night, “150 Salute to Rochester: Flag-Friends-Football”
- 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: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 498-7891
Ruth Ann: (email@example.com) or at 498-9804
Used with permission from the Rochester Times
McDaniel, Toby. “Rochester Sesquicentennial.” Rochester Times