All signs point to a busy week coming up in Alpha, as the village celebrates its centennial July 3 to 5.
ALPHA—The village of Alpha will be celebrating its 100th birthday for three days starting on July 3 and continuing through July 5.
Many activities are scheduled around the circle, on the lawn, by the ball court and at the pavilion in Alpha.
Centennial festivities will begin on Thursday, July 3, at 11:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony. The day will be filled with activities. For children, games, a coloring contest and crafts take place all day at the ball diamond. Old-time races begin at 1 p.m. The petting zoo will be open from noon to 6 p.m.
The Mastodon 5K Run/Walk starts at noon.
Music starts at 1 p.m. with Midlife Crisis and continues with Ironland at 3:30.
Friends and family can gather at the pavilion at 1 p.m. for the all-class Alpha Reunion Family Gathering.
During the afternoon, there will be a pie eating contest, a tug-of-war, the Alpha birthday cake decorating contest and cake walk, a street chalk art contest, a nail pounding contest and the Bearded Men of Alpha contest.
The Alpha birthday cake decorating contest will be at 4 p.m. Judging will take place for most original cake that uses the theme, “Village of Alpha and AMFD Centennial.” The contest will be followed by an old-fashioned cake walk. Entry will be accepted from 3 to 3:45 p.m. The cakes need to be edible but will not be sampled.
The Wanted–All Bearded Men of Alpha contest entries begin at 1 p.m. with judging to follow at 2. Prizes will be given for the longest beard, pointiest beard, most original centennial-themed beard and most authentic 1914 mustache and costume.
Circus Boy will perform three shows at the Alpha Senior Center, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Circus Boy rides the smallest bicycle during his act along with other crowd pleasers. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Catch up on Alpha history at the Alpha Centennial Revue, a historical radio play presented by local cast members. Two shows will take place at the Alpha Senior Center at 6 and 8 p.m. Music, costumes and dancing by the Alpha-Betties are part of the show.
Find out about Alpha and get the rest of the story plus a few laughs and some good old-time entertainment at the revue. Tickets are $5 in advance and are available at the Alpha Senior Center and the Alpha General Store.
A fireman’s ball/street dance will begin at 8 p.m. with music by the Cadillacs.
Friday, July 4, will begin with the flag-raising at the Town Hall at 9 a.m. The Fourth of July parade will circle around Main Street beginning at 9:30 a.m., featuring floats, the Forest Park High School Band and the kids’ bicycle parade.
Also starting at 9 a.m. will be the Porter School Faire with arts and crafts on the school lawn and in the historic building.
At 10 a.m., the Alpha-Mastodon Fire Department will offer Cracker Jack and ice cream by the school.
Music starts at 11 a.m. with Crossroads, along with more games for the kids, crafts, bouncy houses and the rocket ship. Children’s races will be hosted by the Alpha Mastodon Fire Department. Horseshoe tournaments will take place. Music will continue with Stager performing at 3 p.m.
There will be a pie social after the parade at the Alpha Senior Center, which will offer red, white and blue shortcake among other treats. Visitors can purchase pasties for $4.50, get their photo taken and enjoy ice cream, too.
A fireworks display will top off the night at 9 p.m. to honor two birthdays–Alpha’s and America’s.
The celebration continues on Saturday, July 5. The Alpha Farmers Market will open at 9 a.m., and the Porter School Faire will continue at the school. Area vendors will offer local produce, recipes, crafts and more.
The music starts at 9 a.m. with Midlife Crisis, followed by games, crafts, the bouncy houses and rocket ship at 11 a.m.
An antique car show will have vintage autos on display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while the music continues with Fireside.
There will be more kid’s races at 1 p.m. and more music at 3:30 with Sons of Legend followed by the Donnie Pick Band at 6.
Throughout the centennial, there are many activities being hosted throughout the Alpha area, including a visit by Smokey Bear and an ice cream social. Food and refreshments will be available.
As centennial festivities come to a close, the skies above Alpha will light up with a second fireworks display to commemorate the past 100 hundred years and look ahead to another.