The Chelsea Sesquicentennial Celebration is quickly approaching. The planning committee has a line-up of contests, displays, and activities planned for all ages during the celebration which will be held Friday evening, July 25 and all day Saturday, July 26.
Schedule for Saturday,
A full day of activities is planned for Saturday, July 26. You can start the day off with a delicious breakfast since the Chelsea Community Club will be hosting an omelet breakfast from 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. The 4th annual Chelsea Car Show will begin with registration starting at 8 a.m. For details about the car show, contact Aaron Balvin (641-751-3928) or Jason Balvin (641-485-2234).
A flag raising ceremony is planned for 9 a.m. at the flag pole on the sight of the old Chelsea Elementary school. All area veterans are invited to attend.
Also at 9 a.m. there will be antique tractors, equipment, and gas engines on display. If you have equipment you would like to display, contact Tom L. Upah (641-484-5847) (for tractors & equipment) or Jerry Balvin (641-485-7441) (for gas engines).
Starting at 10 a.m. , the Vendor and Craft Show will be open in the St. Joseph's school gym. The beautiful quilt and wall hanging that was handmade by ladies of Chelsea will be on display. Kolaches will be sold until all are gone.
A "History of Chelsea" display will also be open in the St. Joseph's school.
Perhaps you have heard about the Human Tractor Pull? This event will begin at 11 a.m. Teams of 3 people will compete to pull a farm tractor the furthest distance. There will be a cash payout to the top three teams.
Area fire departments will participate in waterball fights that will begin at 11 a.m. just east of the Chelsea Community Hall. Registration for this event will begin at 10 a.m. Both women's and men's teams will compete.
There will be a kids pedal tractor pull beginning at 11 a.m. and kids nickel scramble at 1 p.m. A bouncy house and some carnival games will also be on the grounds all day.
A rolle bolle tournament is set for the Chelsea Ball Park. Drawing for teams will begin at 1 p.m.
Throughout the day, St. Joseph's Catholic Church will be open for viewing.
Following the voting, judging, and presentation of awards at the car show, you can join in on "A Toast to Chelsea". This is a wine-tasting event that will be held from 2-6 p.m.
The Grand Parade will begin at 3:15 p.m.The parade route will travel past the Chelsea Ball Park, south on Green Street, east on 2nd Street, and north on Station Street. The parade announcer will be located near the Co-op on Station Street.
Beginning at 5 p.m., the Chelsea Fire Department will serve a meal at the Chelsea Community Hall. At 5:30 p.m. the Chelsea Methodist Church will be having a special worship service (open to all) featuring Keith and Joann Lambertsen from Garwin.
Around 7:45, be sure to gather at the Community Hall for the drawing of the winners of the quilt and wall hanging. We also plan to have some of the Kolach Champion's kolaches up for auction at this time.
The day won't be complete until you've stayed for the annual Chelsea Fire Department's dance at the Community Hall from 8 p.m.- midnight.
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-Submitted by Janet Balvin