AVOCA – When the calendar reaches the Fourth of July this year, residents in Avoca will be celebrating. But not just the holiday-also they will have their 150th Celebration.
There will be a number of different activities from July 3 to July 6, and Linda Hansen, part of the committee that is organizing the celebration, said the parade on the Fourth of July will probably be one of the big events. It is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
“The highlight of the whole celebration should be the parade on the Fourth,” Hansen said.
She said there will be a group playing bagpipes and the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War will also be a part of the parade and later have a display down at the fairgrounds. She said they also have a Shine and Show car show that day, and everyone at that show is also invited to be part of the parade.
Hansen said one unique thing at the celebration will be a ride around Avoca.
“One of the unique things is Ollie the Trolley,” Hansen said, explaining it’s a trolley that people can take a hour ride on, and it will travel around Avoca to historical sites.
She also said there is an author coming who has down a book about one room school houses, and there will be presentation and a book signing at Avoca’s one room school house during the celebration.
She said there are plans for some type of musical entertainment almost every night, and lots of activities for families. A full scheduled of all the events can be found online at www.avoca150.com or on the group’s Facebook Page Avoca, Iowa 150th Celebration.
Hansen also said besides beard contest, one other thing the group has been doing during the year, is asking people to send a photo that shows the number 150.
“One of things we’ve been trying to get, we’ve been asking business and individuals and groups to take a picture that pertains to 150th,” Hansen said. “(It’s called) Show us your 150.”
Many of those photos can also be found on the group’s Facebook page.