Battle Creek is preparing to celebrate a big milestone

BATTLE CREEK – For several small towns that were settled in the 1800’s, they have dwindled and become extinct.

Battle Creek was not one of those towns, a fact its residents have not missed. Having been established 150 years ago, community members are preparing for the milestone.

Later this year, Battle Creek will celebrate its 150th anniversary from Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6.

“For me, Battle Creek’s 150th anniversary is about remembering our roots and honoring our heritage,” said Ashley Walz, a longtime resident who is helping prepare for the event. “In August, we will come together as a community to celebrate how far we have come and all the great things our community has in store for the next 50 years.

“While small towns across the country are fading away, Battle Creek is not only surviving these times, but thriving.”

As examples of this, Walz cited “successful businesses, an outstanding school system, and beautiful facilities, including our park and library, are all due in part to generations of leaders, decades before us. They worked hard to lay the foundations of the city we know today.”

The festivities will begin with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for Heritage Park. Walz said that several events will involve the history of the city, including several activities for people of all ages.

Also, the Battle Creek Market in the park, held every Saturday during the warmer months, will be running from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. There will be vendors, food trucks, and lemonade stands.

Battle Creek will also have a volleyball tournament, but it won’t be normal. Walz said the competition will be a mix of four-square and volleyball.

“There are four different quadrants and you play just like the four squares rules but with nets,” he said.

Walz said the celebration would conclude with a community religious service, a Ponca tribe powwow and a final fireworks display.

Walz said it’s critical that Battle Creek continue to thrive.

“Now and in the future, it’s our job to keep that legacy alive by not only retaining what we have, but by continuing to develop in all areas of our great city,” Walz said. “And I guess we’ll have some fun while we’re at it.”

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