The 90th Annual ‘89er Days Celebration is a month away and the committee met this week to finalize all of the activities and timing for this year’s celebration. The theme for this year is Honoring 100 Years of American Legion that was founded in 1919. The event dates are April 16-20.
The parade marshals this year will be American Legion veterans as well as Logan County veterans. Those veterans wishing to be part of the parade can call the American Legion at 405-282-2589 to confirm participation. The committee is planning on using flat trailers for the veterans, so they will not have to walk the parade if they do not want to.
The committee will soon have the annual button in multiple locations around town for $5. The 2019 Centennial Booster Button was designed by Kailyn Swonger. The committee announced that Uncle Bob's Trading Post, Treasures and Books, Above the Rest Antiques, Willoby's, Terry's Gun and Pawn, Ochs Real Estate, Guthrie News Leader, IBC Bank, BancFirst, F&M Bank, InterBank and City Nation Bank & Trust are among the business that will have the buttons. Buttons are also available at the American Legion LeBron Post, 123 N1st Street. BancFirst has the entire button collection on display.
Rebeka Breger of Cashion is this year’s queen. Breger is originally from Guthrie. Her family history can be traced back to the 1890’s. Breger is currently a junior at Cashion High School, is active in cheerleading, softball, academic team and 4-H. As part of the Logan County 4-H, Breger participates in competitive shooting, is equestrian president and is also involved in other leadership activities. In her spare time Breger also competes with the Edmond Junior Rodeo and has won several events over the years. Breger’s goal after high school is to go to college and become a large animal vet.
The 2019 princess is Halle Barker of Jones. Jones is a sophomore at Jones High School and lives on a ranch with her parents. Among her activities are FFA where she shows sheep and participates in speech contests, vice -president of the Edmond Light Horse 4-H Club, and she competes in the Edmond Junior Rodeo, the Oklahoma Foundation Quarter Horse Registry and is part of the Central Oklahoma Little Britches Rodeo Association.
The events will kick-off this year with the annual Chuckwagon Feed at the Logan County Fairgrounds on April 16 featuring The Byron Berline Band. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Auction starts at 6:30 p.m. The band will play from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 with kids under ten years old available for $8. The dinner will feature pulled pork and boneless, skinless chicken breasts along with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, desserts and rolls.
On Wednesday the Chamber Coffee Meet and Greet will be at Banc First starting at 9:30 a.m. The food court is scheduled to open later that same day at 11 a.m.
The carnival will start its four day run at 4 p.m. in downtown Guthrie. Wristbands this year will be $20 on Wednesday and Thursday. The price goes up to $25 on Friday and Saturday. As in past years, the carnival will not open until after the parade around 1 p.m. There are two ride sessions on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Riders will have to purchase wristbands for each session.
The events on Thursday include, The Great Bed Run, the 89er Invitational Baseball Tournament, The Guthrie Jazz Band performing at the post office as well as the food court and carnival being in full swing.
Friday’s activities include the Old Timers Baseball game at Squires Field, the GHS Alumni Home Run Derby, the Big Wheel Races and the Geezers, Gassers and Hawgs Show in downtown Guthrie.
The final day this year will be Saturday April 20. Due to Easter Sunday, the committee has no plans to extend the event in 2019. The parade will kick off at 12 noon and wind through downtown Guthrie. The Clydesdale Horses and Stagecoach will be returning in 2019 and entries are now being accepted by parade chairman Dennis Ochs and his committee. The fairgrounds will be hosting a rodeo that evening.
The committee has also increased the prize money for floats in 2019 with senior and junior division prizes of $750, $500 and $250 in each division and a grand champion prize of $1,000 for the overall winner.
Questions about the event can be answered at the American Legion, 405-282-2589or by visiting www.89erdays.com for more information.