Metcalf to celebrate sesquicentennial


METCALF—The Village of Metcalf will celebrate its sesquicentennial on Saturday, July 20 with a full day of fun activities including local vendors and food trucks.

The main event begins at 4 p.m. with the Metcalf Firemen’s Jonah Fish Fry serving until 7 p.m. in Metcalf Park. After taking a break from holding an annual fish fry 25 years ago, members of the Metcalf Volunteer Fire Department will bring back the old recipes including the all-day simmered baked beans and secret recipe. Adult meals are $12 and include fish, two sides, bread, a drink and ice cream. Children age 10 and under eat for only $8. As an added bonus this year, Longview Bank will be sponsoring free ice cream for dessert.

Following the Fish Fry, the Logan Kirby Band will be live in a free concert in the park from 7 - 9 p.m.

Before the fish fry begins, a parade is at 3 p.m. The parade route runs south from the Ocean-to-Ocean Road down Central Street to the post office. Parade line-up begins at 2:30 on the Ocean-to-Ocean Road north of Metcalf.

Other events being held to celebrate Metcalf’s 150th Anniversary are BINGO in the park from 4 - 7 p.m., a Car Show from noon - 3 p.m. and a 50/50 Raffle with drawing at 8 p.m.

In addition, an all-day historical display about Metcalf and Young America High School will be set-up in the Community Building to help tell the story of the resilient town and recall those favorite memories. Please consider helping to commemorate Metcalf’s Sesquicentennial Celebration by loaning any Metcalf and Young America items so they can be displayed on Saturday, July 20, 2024.

Items can be brought or picked up starting July 13 through July 20. Nancy Hogan is coordinating the historical display and is available to answer any questions, pick-up items or meet you at the Metcalf Community Building located at 316 Central Street to drop-off items.

For questions about the celebration events call 217-251-5190, for more information about the parade call Chandra at 217-202-4843.

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