CAMDEN — 2018 has been a year for Preble County to celebrate milestones of all sorts, and this weekend the Village of Camden takes its turn and will celebrate its 200th birthday in style.
The Saturday, Sept. 1, celebration will cap off a year which has included several chances to celebrate. The Camden Bicentennial Planning Committee hosted a 200th birthday celebration on July 4 at the Bicentennial Park on Central Avenue to commemorate the official recording of the town’s legal description and plot on July 4, 1818. The July 4 event included a pet parade, hearkening back to the same type of event held during the village’s centennial celebration.
This weekend’s event has a full schedule of activities for families to enjoy.
On Friday, Aug. 31, there will be guided historical tours of Camden. The tours will begin 6:30 and 8 p.m. and will utilize the village’s new Historic Tour booklets. The tours will again be offered at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Sept. 1, there will be numerous events, including: the 5K Stomp Addiction/Logan’s Run beginning at 7:30 a.m., breakfast at the Camden United Methodist Church from 7-11 a.m.; the Bicentennial Parade at 10 a.m.; “Abe & Mary Todd Lincoln” at the park gazebo at 11:30 a.m.; opening ceremonies at noon at the Entertainment Tent, and the Masons Monument ceremony at 1 p.m. in the park at Main and Central; and a prize ceremony at 5 p.m. at the Gazebo.
Lunch will be available at the Camden Fire/EMS building beginning at 11 a.m.
Saturday also includes an Antique Street Fair from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., face painting and a vintage photo booth from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., music from the West Elkton Arrow Ensemble, James Boyle, Tune Traveler, Pineridge Partners, James Mathes and Paula Richardson between 12:30 and 5 p.m., and fun contests for the entire family (ranging from a rubber chicken throw to the biggest bubble gum bubble) from 2-5 p.m.
One of the main events at Camden’s Bicentennial Celebration on Saturday will be the cruise-in from 11-4 p.m., (registration begins at noon, with a $10 entry fee) open to cars, trucks, rods, street machines, classics, antiques and customs.
The Bicentennial Cruise In is dedicated to the memory of Myron E. Scott, born in Camden in 1907. Scott is credited with naming America’s sports car — the Chevrolet Corvette — and was the creator of the All-American Soap Box Derby.
To close Saturday’s day of fun, the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight will be performing a community concert in the Entertainment Tent from 6-7:15 p.m.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.