Activities planned for so far for 2023 Bicentennial as of July 15, ,2022 (check mark shows where we already have committee volunteers working)
✓ .Tuesday –June 27,2023 Bell of the Ball Promenade and The Queen Contest. 6 to 8:30 pm
✓ 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 conteston 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.
✓ Also on Thursday evening: Dog Show on the courthouse Lawn to be determined location- 6 to 7:30 and the
✓ 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 East 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
✓ 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
✓ 10:15 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 -4:00 pm Bounce House opens, various kids games, competitions and craft booths. Cooling center opens through the day Saturday
✓ 10:30- to 9:45 p.m.- Concessions and food trucks open
✓ 12:30pm to 3:00 pm on the East Side Courthouse Lawn staging area, various demonstrations, including a poultry care demonstration, acoustic string instrument display,
✓ black smith demonstrations and an FFA small farm animal petting zoo .and other craft displays and demonstrations at various booths between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.
✓ 3:00-4:00 pm Demonstration from the Howard Street Dance Studio at the performance tent on the east side.
✓ 4:00-5:00 pm Black powder demonstration celebrating the types of firearms that John Basye and the citizens would have used back then.
✓ 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.
✓ 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.
✓ 5-8:45pm country bands, folk groups and karaoke and individual soloists on East side courthouse staging area.
✓ 9 pm closing ceremony and lowering of our 24 star US flag, black powder gun salute and closing Taps.
✓ Followed by a 1000- to 1745 piece sparkler (children’s sparkler show) assisted by their parents and high school organization student volunteers. South side of the courthouse