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More local stakeholders get on board to participate in Crosby 2017 celebration

Posted 9/06/16 (Tue)

More local stakeholders get on board to participate in Crosby 2017 celebration

The summer of 2016 will go down in history as one of the busiest construction seasons in Crosby’s history.
Crosby’s 2017 Celebration “100 Years and Building” will showcase freshly paved streets, newly constructed sidewalks and a major courthouse addition and will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Crosby’s biggest building year ever -- 1917.
Set for Aug. 4, 5 and 6, 2017, the theme of the event was chosen in recognition of the major additions ongoing this year to the courthouse and schools, a new community daycare center, a splash pad, along with the development of the Grow Crosby addition several years ago.
“All of these projects have combined to make Crosby a vastly different town than the one people would have visited during the last major city celebration held in 2004,” said Cecile Wehrman, steering committee chair.
Now just a year out, a committee is meeting monthly to develop a schedule of events and encourage other stakeholders to get on board.
Divide County’s FBLA chapter has expressed interest in providing a Friday evening meal during an alumni football game, Aug. 4 and Divide County Area Dollars for Scholars is planning a Sunday brunch, Aug. 6, 2017.
“It’s great to have some of these key things filled in,” said Wehrman.
Soon, the group is hoping to sign on bands for a street dance one evening and a possible concert on a second evening.
The success Grenora had with their booking of the band Sawyer Brown has shown a big name will draw a big crowd, but members of the committee are looking at some upper level regional bands with a wider audience appeal. 
Game board sold
A game board populated with squares sponsored by local businesses, called “Crosbyopoly,” will provide some of the funding to pay for meals and entertainment during the celebration.
Committee member KayCee Lindsey on Friday sold Divide County Commissioners a $50 space for a signature line on the board.
More expensive spaces -- ranging from $250 to $300 are already sold -- she said, however $50 signatures are still available for any business wishing to support the effort.
The board games will go into production this month and be available for sale this Christmas season at $25 each. The 2017 committee expects to raise at least $10,000 from the sale of the games, which will make a nice keepsake or gift for anyone connected to the community.
More stakeholders sought
Lindsey asked county commissioners if they will consider sponsoring a feed to tentatively take place on the grounds of the courthouse after a Saturday parade. The dedication of the courthouse addition would be held immediately following the feed. Commissioners were receptive to the idea, but costs must be sought before a commitment is made.
Lindsey said a registration fee would give meal preparers a count, but it is hoped that amount will be minimal.
The committee continues to encourage other local organizations to discuss how they will participate in the celebration so they can get their events or fundraisers on the schedule.