Troy is gearing up to celebrate year number 200 of its existence with a Bicentennial Celebration stuffed with activity.

Before the main event kicks off later in the week, on Monday, Sept. 16, a time capsule buried 25 years ago – for Troy’s 175th anniversary – will be opened at 10 a.m. at Troy City Hall.

Along with opening the time capsule and seeing what is inside, items from the present will be put in and the capsule reburied. 

The Troy Bicentennial Celebrations will continue on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21.

On that Friday, Festivities begin at 7 p.m., with Moscow Mills native Jake Shafer and his band the Truckers playing from 7-9 p.m. (Admission is free, outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited.)

The next day will begin early with the Bicentennial Run at 7:30 a.m. at Troy Fairgrounds Park.

More information for the event can be received though the Troy Running Club.

After that, the events start at noon and go through 4 p.m. in a jam-packed couple of hours.

From 11:30 a.m. to noon is registration for the Little Mr. and Little Miss Pioneer Contest, with the contest running from noon to 1 p.m.

From 12:30-1 p.m. the Boone Elementary Bel Canto Choir will perform.

From 1-1:30 p.m. there will be a Coloring Magician Magic Show and from 1:30-2 p.m. is story time with local author Stephanie Paasch.

There will be a Taekwondo demo by the Boyer Academy from 2-2:30 p.m. and gospel and country music with Jordan Miller from 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Other event activities include pony rides and a petting zoo, an obstacle course, a sports play center, a dunking booth and a fire truck.

The dunking booth especially Troy Mayor Mark Cross is really looking forward to. “As long as it’s not too cold, I think I’ll enjoy that,” Cross said.

There will be several vendors at the event and lots of food at the celebration as well. 

Cross said Troy is “a generous, friendly community with hard working folks that like a nice place to live,” and a community has to be all those things to still be thriving after 200 hundred years.

Cross praised all those who came together to make the Bicentennial Celebration a reality.

The Troy Chamber of Commerce has been the driving force behind the celebration, planning the event and funding it through its members. 

Some of those local businesses participating include: Community State Bank, Alzheimer’s Association, Hazel Ivy Boutique, Uncle Eddie’s Kettle Corn, Rhonda Schulte Farmer's Insurance Agency, Scentsy & JC Design, Craft It Your Way, LLC, Boyer Academy, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 4 H.E.L.P., Kemp's Homemade Ice Cream, Ray Ray's Kettle Corn, Paparrazzi Jewelry, Merna's Kitchen, The Candied Pig, Bank of Old Monroe, Winchester Spine and Sport, PB&T, Strands Salon and Spa, Juice Plus and Wellness, VFW Post 8828, Usborne Books & More.

A celebration like this offers an opportunity to reflect on the past and think about the future.

Cross has high hopes for Troy, which he says is taking steps in the right direction, citing the new sewer plant that construction will start on next year.

“I think the future is bright for Troy. I think there’s nothing but good things coming down the road,” Cross said. There will be a free shuttle to the Troy Buchanan High School parking lot where attendees can park, and there will be additional parking at Troy City Hall.

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