Week of 200th anniversary activities on tap in Fort Loudon

May 19, 2003

FORT LOUDON - A week of ceremonies and celebrations is set for the Fort Loudon Bicentennial Sunday, June 22, through Sunday, June 29:

  • Sunday, June 22: Religious Heritage Day - Ringing of church bells, 8:45 a.m.; morning worship services, 9 a.m.; chicken barbecue, kitchen opens and souvenir sales, noon; welcome ceremony, honoring town's oldest citizens, historic address, 1:30 p.m.; trolley tours, 3 to 7 p.m. Vesper service and Gospel music, 7 p.m.

  • Monday, June 23: Patriot Day - Parade in village, 6 p.m.; musical entertainment by Cumberland Highway.

  • Tuesday, June 24: Senior Citizens Day - Fashion show, "200 Years of Fashion," 7:30 p.m.; Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus, 9 p.m.

  • Wednesday, June 25: Founder's Day - Services at Stenger Hill Cemetery, dedication of veterans memorial, 7:30 p.m.; New Country Band, 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 26: Children's Day - Time capsule burial, 7 p.m.; Children's programs, including a clown, games, balloons, face painting and a karaoke show by Phantom Shadow, 7:30 p.m.

  • Friday, June 27: Loudon Heritage Day - Flea market and yard sales, 9 a.m.; U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m.; first performance of the pageant, "Fort Loudon, Celebrating Her Past, Honoring Her People," 9 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 28: Homecoming Day - U.S. Postal Service pictorial stamp cancellation at the community grounds, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; arts and crafts fair at the community grounds, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; black powder shoot at the Fort Loudon State Historic Site, 9 a.m.; chicken barbecue, noon; Homes of Our Heritage home and garden tour, noon to 4 p.m.; Mercersburg (Pa.) Area Community Band, 7:30 p.m.; second performance of pageant, 9 p.m.; fireworks follow the pageant.

  • Sunday, June 29: Pioneer Day - Community picnic featuring basket lunch auction, period games and music, square dancing, and cake walk, noon; trolley tours, 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Throughout the week, there will be historical exhibits and a train display at the library. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the events.
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