Caspian ready for centennial

CASPIAN—The city of Caspian will be rolling out the “red carpet” for current and former residents and the public as it marks its centennial anniversary this weekend, July 26 to 28.
      As this is also the weekend for the annual U.P. Firefighters Tournament, hosted this year by the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department, it promises to be a busy weekend.
    Thursday, July 26
      Centennial events get underway on Thursday at the Iron County Historical Museum, where a revamped program about “Caspian, the Caring City,” based on a book authored by Marcia Bernhardt and published by the museum and later made into a stage presentation by local historian Bill Leonoff will be presented.
      Thanks to the diligent research by the museum staff, a PowerPoint program will feature a new script to celebrate the city’s 100 years. The program starts at 6 p.m. There will also be the crowning of the king and queen during the program. Admission is $5.
    With the city’s centennial coinciding with the Firefighters Tournament, the museum will sponsor a special exhibition of its fire trucks and collection of firemen’s memorabilia in the museum’s Fire Hall.
    Friday, July 27
    The city-wide rummage sale begins on Friday at 9 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. The rummage sale is also held on Saturday in the same time frame.
    A street dance will get the festivities hopping beginning at 7 p.m. The dance, held in conjunction with the Firefighters Tournament, will be held on East First Street and East Second Street between Fuzz & Schmoo’s and Cozee Bar.
    Saturday, July 28
    A bocce tournament at Duke of Abruzzi begins the day at 9 a.m. while an arts and crafts show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The Caspian Centennial Parade begins at 4. Registration kicks off at 3 in the main street gazebo. The non-mo-
torized parade will wind from Caspian Avenue and County Road 424 east to Leo Remondini Park.
      The community picnic gets underway after the parade at the park and is scheduled to last from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chair. Food and refreshments will be available at the picnic site on a first-come, first-served basis. Menu items will include pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans and soda. Food may also be purchased from vendors and bars along the way.
      During the picnic, there will be a beard judging contest at 5 p.m. and both an opening of the time capsule and the start of a new time capsule.
      The centennial celebration concludes at the Iron County Historical Museum with a round table discussion for Caspian residents and visitors. The program is called “Growing Up in Caspian” and will be held at the museum. This is an audience participation event with the topic, “I remember when ….” Bill Leonoff will moderate the program.