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Ickesburg, Saville Township to celebrate bicentennial next week

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Ickesburg and Saville Township are in northern Perry County.

Ickesburg and Saville Township will celebrate their bicentennial on the grounds of the Ickesburg Fire Company in Perry County next week.

The bicentennial will feature multiple events from Sunday to July 29. Attendees should bring chairs to any and all events, and additional parking will be available in adjoining fields, with transportation provided to the grounds.

The bicentennial celebration will start Sunday with a baseball game on Weibly Field, honoring the Ickesburg Sandlot baseball players of 1948.

The events continue at 4 p.m. Tuesday with the annual fire company carnival that features games, food, competitions, bouncy inflatables and live music.

The Vietnam Memorial Wall replica will be on site starting Wednesday. It will be escorted onto the grounds by Perry County veterans at 3 p.m. The wall will be assembled Thursday morning and remain there through the rest of the celebration.

Wednesday night features contests for beard and mustache, Little Miss Pigtail, seed spitting, pie baking and period clothing for all age groups.

Thursday night will have a special presentation for the memorial wall, as well as the continuation of the carnival featuring chicken pot pie dinners that night. There will also be a living history encampment Thursday through Sunday.

Friday night will feature chicken barbecue dinners starting at 4 p.m. and live music.

A parade will move through Ickesburg at 11:30 a.m. July 28, running from Arndt Road to the square and ending on Kerr Alley. Later in the afternoon and evening, there will be children’s games, a limbo contest, sack and three-leg races, Marty’s Flea Circus, a quilt auction, raffle and more live entertainment.

There will be a traditional church service at the wall Sunday morning, as well as a visit from area officials.

The Ickesburg Bicentennial Museum will also be open during the week, displaying area artifacts, vintage household goods, written histories of the Saville Township area and other Perry County memorabilia. The museum is on the square of Ickesburg in the Church of God building, which was the original high school.

For more information, visit the Ickesburg Fire Company’s website at http://ickesburgfire.com.

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