Bicentennial Tentative Schedule of Events

Activities planned so far…

  • Started and proceeding now March 2022 – will end June 1,2022.  Bowling Green Alumni and Resident Logo design contest.  We have 12 artistic individuals that are now working on Logo Entries to give us a face and identity to our festival. As of  today it appears that we are also going to have an elementary age logo contest to promote the kids.

Sunday- Monday and Tuesday-June 25, 26, 27, 2023    Open for planning for activities that can fit into this time period.  We only many need one or two evenings for any or all of these activities.  Queen Contest, and  Belle of the Ball Dress contest, Possible Teenage “Keystone Cops”,   ~  5-10 yr old Basye Childrens Club festival (greeters), (20-70 children used as festival greeters with their parents throughout the week),  Possible different era costume modeling, roaring 20’s, 50’s, 60’s, and all era’s since then.   High school or middle school age students.  And another selected middle school age activity.  Also the beginning of the signing of the attendance banner, with room for 3000 signatures during all of the weeks activities, to save for the time capsule.

  • Wednesday, -June 28, 2023   Ministerial Alliance Church Night 6 to 9 pm   Church service, (north side of the courthouse,) kids games and a baked goods competition contest on the West side of the courthouse..  All sponsored and operated by the Ministerial alliance and their member churches.
  • Thursday- June 29, 2023   Art Show for children through professional and adults, those that attend public or private or home school in the Bowling Green School District and Alums and Adult Bowling Green current residents.  5-pm to 9 pm.  Hosted inside the courthouse.
  • Dog Show on the courthouse Lawn to be determined location-  6 to 7:30
  • Brothers of the Brush beard display and competition. Three classifications: Regular wearing as you are today, A New Growth (beginning March 1,2023 -actual competition) , Shaving Permit for those of us that want to show unity and wear a button     7:30 to 8: 30  pm
  • Friday night-  June 30, 2023  North side of the courthouse – Old fashioned Ice Cream social. (activity blast from the past from the summer band program 60-70’s)   Opening with the Star Spangled banner, elementary and choir department as they have done for Cardinal baseball in St. Louis.  Mass community Concert Band and Choir Concert We are shooting for a dry run of a community band for the Heritage Day 2022.
  • Saturday morning through evening July 1, 2023
  • 7:00 am fun run.   8:00 am booth set up on the square and parade line up at the high school
  • 9:00 am opening parade
  • 10:00 opening ceremony on the South court house lawn,  Mayor as the MC, High school band national anthem, VFW gun salute, Hamilton Family Buglers, (bugle calls and taps)  County Commissioners and the DAR raise a 24 star US Flag and 3 speakers three minutes each representing the Basye Family.  This is going to be a non-political event that celebrates the Basye family and all of us as we celebrate the Bicentennial today.
  • 10:00 am- Horseshoe Tourney 16 teams begins- Johnson House Yard Champ Clark drive south behind the square.
  • 10:00 am -5:00 pm  Giant Quilt Show- Hosted in the Fellowship Hall -2nd Baptist
  • 10:00 am -5:00 pm Bounce House opens, various kids games, competitions and craft booths. Cooling center opens.
  • 10:30- to 9:45 p.m.- Concessions and food trucks open
  • Between 10:30 and 1:00 around the square and on the East Side Courthouse Lawn, various demonstrations, including a poultry care demonstration, possible acoustic string instrument display, black smith demonstrations and all morning an FFA small farm animal petting zoo.  
  • 10-4:00 pm an antique car show display from the square going west on Church street, sponsored by Boland Chevrolet,( 1973 sesquicentennial year vehicles and older vehicles,)  an antique tractor and equipment display, Community State Bank Parking Lot and misc. other displays around the square.
  • Food, Food, Food until at least 8:45 pm Saturday night.
  • 1-4:00 our three historic sites with a courtesy people mover will be operating, for the Genealogy display at the old Jail, The restored Basye cabin of the Arnold s, and Honey shuck open house   People movers will be moving people continually throughout the period from the square to the historic sites.
  • 5-9 pm a country band and folk band, battle of the bands. North side of the courthouse.
  • 9 pm closing ceremony and lowering of our 24 star US flag and closing Taps.
  • Followed by a 1000 sparkler children’s sparkler show assisted by their parents and high school organization student volunteers. South side of the courthouse  

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