Plans for multiple celebrations of the city of St. Clair’s 175th anniversary are underway.
The official kickoff event is set for May 19. City Administrator Travis Dierker said this will be the first of many events. The first celebration will consist of a parade and picnic at Evergreen Park.
The parade will be the same route as the Lighted Christmas Parade, starting at St. Clair High School and ending at Evergreen Park.
During the picnic, community members can bring their own coolers with snacks and drinks. Dierker said there will be a balloon release and some sort of dessert to share with attendees to commemorate the city’s milestone anniversary.
The parade will start at 11 a.m. Parade forms will be available in mid-March. This event will be sponsored by the city and the park board.
On June 30, the Freedom Fest will be held once again at Orchard Park. Last year, the annual event was canceled due to solar eclipse activities that took place in August. This year’s festival will be sponsored by the park board.
The July 21 festivity will be a drive-in movie to be located on the property of the former airport, according to Dierker.
He said the movie, which is still to be decided, will be suitable for all ages. This event will also be sponsored by the city and the park board.
For Aug. 18, city hall will host an art, craft and wine show. Details for this event are still in the works, according to Dierker. The event will be sponsored by the city.
Having a variety of events throughout the year will hopefully pique interests of all community members, Dierker added.
“Somebody who may enjoy the different event things at the Freedom Fest may not enjoy the art and craft show and vice versa,” he said.
On Nov. 30, an old-fashioned downtown Christmas event is set to take place on Main Street. A portion of Main Street will be closed for residents to enjoy caroling, music, roasting marshmallows, crafts and more, according to Dierker.
This will be sponsored by the city, the Chamber of Commerce, the park board, Jumpstart St. Clair, the Optimist Club and the St. Clair Historical Museum. Sponsorships will be available for those wish to participate.
The final event will be on Dec. 8, which will be the annual Christmas Lighted Parade. The parade will be sponsored by the park board.
Dierker noted other events taking place throughout the year such as the Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet March 3, a car show Sept. 23, put on by the Chamber, and the Light the Sky event Oct. 20, put on by Roots Church.
At those events, Dierker said the city will be presented with a booth promoting the anniversary. He also mentioned the annual Missouri Municipal League Dinner taking place April 18 at the Elks Lodge.
For the public to become involved with any of the upcoming festivities, there will be a meeting tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 12, at 6 p.m. at city hall.
For more information, contact Dierker at 636-629-0333.