PLAINVILLE – The community will commemorate the town’s 150th anniversary with two days of family-friendly events planned for Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21.
These events will take place rain or shine.
“We wanted to mark this milestone occasion by bringing together community members in an enjoyable way,” said Plainville Town Manager Robert E. Lee. “This celebration is happening thanks to a generous grant from the Plainville Community Fund, in-kind donations from a number of local businesses and residents, as well as the efforts of the 150th Anniversary Committee.”
Lee added that the planning committee consists of town employees, Board of Education members, constituents from other town boards and commissions, town residents and local agencies.
Events begin Saturday, July 20 with a guided, narrated bus tour of 20 historic Plainville sites in existence in 1869, the year the town was incorporated. Buses will leave the Municipal Center parking lot starting at 10 a.m. and run every half-hour until the last departure at 3 p.m.
For those who prefer to take the tour independently, a tour map and brochure with details on each site will be widely available.
The celebration continues Sunday, July 21 with the Chip’s Family Restaurant 5K Road Race to benefit the Petit Family Foundation.
Registration for the race runs from 7-8:30 a.m., with a Kids’ Fun Run kicking off at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K Race/Fitness Walk starting at 9 a.m. This will be immediately followed by an old-fashioned family picnic at Norton Park from noon to 4 p.m.
Picnic-goers can visit a variety of food trucks selling burgers and hot dogs, sausage and pepper grinders, fried dough and old-fashioned ice cream; plus, bottled water and soft drinks for sale by the 150th Anniversary Committee and the historical society.
There will be live music at the Bandshell by the Nzinga Daughters, the Old Tyme Fiddlers and the Senior Center Ukulele Group. There will also be children’s games and activities, swimming at the public pool (wristbands will be distributed at the Event Information Booth for those without pool passes).
There will be historical displays in the Activity Center, featuring the Plainville Fire Department; the library; the historical society; Don Moon for Plainville Stadium and vintage race cars that raced at the stadium as well as information tents for local nonprofit organizations.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own picnic favorites, chairs and blankets.
Free parking will be available (courtesy of Tabitha and Justin Manafort) at the Old Parsons Buick dealership lot on Route 10 (East Street), with complimentary bus and trolley transportation (donated by Dattco) to and from the picnic starting at noon and running in a continuous loop until 4 p.m.
Parking at Norton Park is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Continuously updated event information will be posted on the Facebook page “Plainville 150th Anniversary Celebration.”
Those interested in volunteering for these events, or local nonprofit organizations who want an information tent at the picnic, may email Plainville150th@gmail.com. Further information on the Petit Family Foundation and the 5K event is available at petitroadrace.com.
-The Town of Plainville