Beau Dusz
Ohio.com correspondent


Next year, Wadsworth will celebrate its bicentennial with a host of activites.



However, preliminaries to the 2014 activities will actually begin this June, Mayor Robin Laubaugh said, and more volunteers are needed.



The Mayor said in an email, "We particularly need volunteers to help with the planning of particular events as well as participation in different aspects of the celebration."



Three events to be held this year will serve as lead-ins for the festivities that are planned for 2014.

 

Volunteers are needed on June 18 to march in the Blue Tip Parade. The volunteers will wear Bicentennial shirts in that parade.



A Grizzly Tailgate is planned for September 27, which will be a reenactment of the once honored tradition of gathering at what is now the Central Intermediate School in downtown Wadsworth and walking as a group down Mill Street to Art Wright Stadium for the football game, the Mayor noted.



The third activity for this year will be a mini flash mob on October 24, which will be in conjunction with the annual Scare in the Square.  As many volunteers as possible are needed to participate in the flash mob, Mayor Laubaugh said.



For 2014, the activities to celebrate the bicentennial will begin March 15 with First Night Wadsworth.



Historic teas with speakers will be held monthly in private historic homes and the Wadsworth Historical Society is planning monthly meetings with historical speakers at the Johnson House.



On May 15, the Women's Club will have a historic luncheon at th Galaxy Restaurant. May 26 there will be a Memorial Day tribute and June 17, 2014, the Blue Tip Parade with a bicentennial float.



A three day community picnic will take place July 25-27 at Memorial Park and again during Bicentennial Founder's Day Weekend August 7-10.



To round out the 2014 year of bicentennial festivities, a Grizzly Tailgate will take place September 26, another Thriller flash mob, October 23, a November 22, a "Wadsworth Through the Years" Ball, and in December, a Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long.



A coffee table stylebook of historical Wadsworth pictures for the bicentennial can be pre-purchased at the Craft and Herb Fest to held in downtown Wadsworth in May. Bicentennial calendars and other items will also be for sale.



Mayor Laubaugh said the committees continue to work hard planning the events for the bicentennial.