By Ethan Colbert
Volunteers planning this year’s bicentennial celebration in Frankford received a preliminary and proverbial stamp of approval from the city council last week.
According to information presented at the meeting by volunteers Gary Hamilton and Toni Beth Doggett, the city of Frankford will celebrate its bicentennial with a three-day celebration over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The city officially turned 200 years old on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
The winter weather was not conducive to a community celebration said the pair of volunteers.
Instead, the two volunteers say their committee of volunteers began meeting earlier this month to plan the celebration which tentatively includes carnival rides, live music from local, regional and nationally-known country music artists, carnival games, a vintage and current tractor show, a vintage car show, and numerous other events.
According to Hamilton, the three-day festival harkens back to when the Frankford International Order of the Odd Fellows Lodge, which is now defunct, would host a Labor Day picnic.
The picnic, which was held in the park, featured carnival rides, carnival games and other events in the City Park.
According to the presentation, the group has been in talks with a carnival company from Illinois that was recommended to them by a representative with the Missouri Association of Fairs.
The carnival will likely be set up on two to three blocks of North Main Cross, near the City Park and near the Frankford First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church.
While admission to the Labor Day event is free to the public, the group plans to sell tickets to the carnival rides.
The group plans for the Carnival rides to open immediately following the Bicentennial Parade, which is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. in Frankford on Saturday, August 31.
Prior to the breakfast, the Frankford First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church will hold a free community breakfast. The hours for the breakfast will be announced at a later date.
The group is also working on booking live music performances for Saturday and Sunday.
Committee members say that a full line-up of musical performers will be announced at a later date, but that they are currently talking to music artists of a variety of musical genres.
The music concerts will be free and open to the public.
“We want to do this for the town,” Hamilton said. He later added that he hoped the three-day festival would be “a good time for everyone” and that “it will hopefully bring a lot of attention to the town.”
According to Doggett, now that the group has the city council’s preliminary approval they will continue their work in earnest, including work on fundraisers.
The first fundraising event is set for mid-March, but details for that are still be solidified, according to Doggett.
The Frankford Bicentennial Committee members say they will likely make another presentation at the February 12 meeting of the Frankford City Council as they continue to rev up support for this year’s Labor Day festival.