Centennial celebration on its way

Final plans are being made to celebrate and pay tribute to the town of Hayden, which will turn 100 years old March 13.

There are a number of ways to celebrate and remember Hayden's centennial celebration, starting with a Lions Club corned beef and cabbage dinner March 10.

Hold on to your outgoing mail until March 13 if you can. Volunteers will be on hand at the post office to cancel postage with a unique stamp designed specifically for the Hayden's centennial.

"It will be available to be stamped on all letters on the 13," said town board member and centennial committee organizer Lorraine Johnson.

For the first time in more than 20 years Hayden will have a fireworks display. On March 11, a 20-minute fireworks show will be put on at the county fairgrounds at 8 p.m. A bring-your-own-beverage dance will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight at the exhibit hall. Appetizers will be served, and a band will perform. They also are considering providing some designated drivers.

"I think it will be fun," Johnson said. "I really do. They haven't had a BYOB dance in 20 years and probably fireworks in 20 years."

Birthday celebrations will continue March 13, when birthday cake and punch will be served from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the exhibit hall. Elementary school students will re-enact the first Town Board meeting, when board members approved two liquor licenses and voted to build a jail.

Videos with Hayden residents talking about the history of the town also will be shown during the social.

"In putting that together, they did hundreds of interviews," Johnson said.

A fashion review also is planned for that night. A group will dress in clothes from each of the past 10 decades in Hayden.

"We tried to come up with fun stuff that all of the town could participate in one way or another," Johnson said.

T-shirts and sweatshirts with the centennial logo and cancellation stamp design will be sold along with a collectable antique-brass coin. Mugs and pitchers also will be sold throughout the weekend.

Sponsor slots are available and volunteers are needed to help during the centennial celebration weekend. Call Lorraine Johnson at 276-3425 for information.

-- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4204 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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