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Open call for sesquicentennial celebration ideas

The planning committee for Creston’s sesquicentennial celebration is seeking ideas for potential events as well as volunteers to host or run those events. The official celebration will take place June 29 through July 6, 2019.

“We’re going to piggyback onto it as part of the 10,000 Crestonians celebration during the Fourth of July,” said Ellen Gerharz, director of Creston Chamber of Commerce and a member of the sesquicentennial planning committee. “Rather than hope to bring people back for a second or third visit to the community.”

However, Gerharz explained that the committee hopes to see activities honoring the anniversary throughout the year. She has reached out to many members of the community already to ask that they incorporate the town’s history or anniversary into their events throughout the year.

“This is our goal, is to involve as many different groups in the community (as possible),” said Gerharz. “We’re looking for groups that want to take on something — it doesn’t need to be from our little list of ideas, it can be their own little list.”

As for independent events for the celebration, the committee is currently maintaining a compiled list of events — some are just ideas, while others are already planned to occur.

One activity is planned to begin before 2019: the logo contest, which is scheduled to begin shortly after the school year starts. The winning logo will be featured on the sesquicentennial T-shirts which will be for sale next year.

Event updates will be added to the chamber and city websites as planning progresses.

Those with a suggestion for an event or who are looking to put one on can contact Ellen Gerharz at 641-782-7021 or at

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