Palmyra Bicentennial Committee members, area residents plan series of events to celebrate milestone

Palmyra Bicentennial Committee members have been busy planning a year of festivities to commemorate a milestone two centuries in the making.

Committee members have been gathering every other week to share ideas and make decisions regarding events, Mayor Loren Graham said.

An all-day event birthday party marking the official date Palmyra was founded in 1819 will be filled with activities Saturday, Aug. 10, including a parade, a historic program and a cornhole tournament sponsored by the Palmyra Jaycees.

Graham said other scheduled events include a 5K Color Run Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at the Marion County Courthouse, a Bicentennial Golf Tournament at Jackson Park Golf Course on Saturday, April 20 and a parade a Bluegrass concert on Flag Day. A Bicentennial Ball will coincide with the 100th birthday of the American Legion, featuring a big band performance on Saturday, July 13 at the Palmyra American Legion Post. Committee members also discussed a possible beard contest for the men and a period dress contest for women.

Graham said commemorative crocks have already sold out once, t-shirts are selling briskly and commemorative coins are being sold throughout the city. A pictorial featuring 500 pages is being published, and a history-filled coloring book will be given to elementary school students. Graham said hundreds of orders have been placed for commemorative rifles from Butch's Sports World, and one of the firearms will be displayed in Palmyra City Hall.

The Flower City's bicentennial celebrations began in January with the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meal and Awards Banquet, followed by an evening Birthday Party and Kick off Celebration with live music performed by Steppin' Back.

Graham said the members of the committee's subgroups — like history and financial — have worked together to assure a variety of ways to celebrate the bicentennial milestone. Members of groups like the Palmyra Kiwanis Club and Palmyra Young Farmers and Ranchers have been sharing their interest, too.

“People are starting to come and show interest, and we're starting to get things done,” he said.