After being forced to cancel twice already thanks to severe flooding earlier in the spring/summer, Old Monroe is preparing for its bicentennial celebration on July 27.
The event had originally been designed to be spread out over several days throughout the last half of the year, but now Old Monroe is going all in, with a solid block of events and activities taking up the main part of that Saturday.
“Our hearts are big, we want to put on a good day for everybody,” Old Monroe Board of Aldermen Member Debbie Roberts said.
The bicentennial parade will kick off at 10 a.m. and attendees can check out the car and motorcycle shows, a farm equipment display with a petting zoo, magic show and bounce houses for the kids.
Food vendors and people selling other goods will be there, with live music in the park providing the background for the whole thing.
Old Monroe will set up a museum at its city hall, with a presentation on the history of the Native Americans who lived in the area done by Ed Schieffer. Books done up on Old Monroe’s history (made specifically for the event), a commemorative copper coin and t-shirts will all be available to remember the city’s big 200th birthday.
Festivities will run till around 4 p.m. in the park, then a street dance sponsored by the Old Monroe Bar will start on Main Street.
When the floodwaters were high, Roberts said holding the bicentennial event hadn’t felt right with people fighting to save their homes in Lincoln County.
“We couldn’t see celebrating on those days when so many other people were dealing with this,” Roberts said.
“Old Monroe’s history is rich in flooding,” she added, laughing. “So why not this year when we’re trying to plan these events, why not have to cancel them due to flooding? So the third time is the charm.”