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UPDATED August 21, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Library’s centennial birthday party is Saturday
Osgood Public Library is wrapping up their yearlong celebration of 100 years of service on Saturday with a party! The library started in 1911 and its Carnegie building on Ripley Street opened in 1914. It was dedicated that year on August 21. Library organizers have created a celebration similar to the dedication held in 1914 with music, poetry and library history. There will be a time capsule filled, plus a visit from Andrew Carnegie. As the custom was back then, a tree will be planted marking the occasion. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday. There will be refreshments as well.
UPDATED August 19, 2014 at 8:30 a.m
Osgood Legion to host festival Saturday
The Osgood American Legion Post helps the community in a number of ways, but sometimes it takes more than just good intentions to do so. That’s why they are hosting a first-ever Summer Fest this Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Osgood Legion Park. The money raised will go back into the community and it will also be used to upgrade and maintain their current building.
Ed Schmidt with the legion said, “It’s a very old building and was actually the first gym in the county to host a basketball game.” There was a basketball court upstairs at the building on Elm Street, but it needs a new roof among other things, he said. The legion has 100 members, and that doesn’t include the Ladies’ Auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion.
“Our No. 1 thing is to perform military service for those veterans who pass away and their families request it,” Schmidt said. They have about 15 members who can be called to perform the 21-gun salute service but need at least 10 at one time. They also give two scholarships to a girl and boy with family military ties and try to send two to the Boys State leadership camp every year. They want to encourage more students to sign up for the scholarship, Schmidt said.
Schmidt said they would like to raise $6,000 with this festival Saturday. It will feature food and music, and there will be some activities for the kids too. Like they do at the county fair, they’ll sell chicken and fish, plus burgers and hot dogs beginning at 5 p.m. Music will also be played at the time from a guitarist/vocalist. There will be raffles, pull tabs and a beer garden. The featured music act will be HotWired, a band that plays classic rock and modern country. Schmidt said a festival like this takes a lot of coordination, but hopefully it will be attended by many and they in turn can continue to support the community.
UPDATED August 14, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Pumpkin Show vendors sought
The 112th annual Versailles Pumpkin Show is approaching. It will be held the last Wednesday thru Sunday, September 24-28. Sponsored by the Versailles Lions Club, applications for quality arts and crafts are being accepted. If interested, call 812-621-0735 for an application and more information. Visit www.versaillespumpkinshow.com.