Harper to celebrate 150th birthday

Harper will celebrate its 150th birthday on Saturday, June 15, with a day-long list of activities for the entire family.

Things get underway at 8 a.m. with a Cowboy Breakfast in the Harper Community Park. The cost of the meal is by donation.

 Next up will be a parade at 10 a.m. led by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Chapter of Fredericksburg Lone Star Rifles Color Guard, in remembrance of Harper having been founded as a Confederate town in 1863. The group will also perform a Civil War cannon salute in the park at 2 p.m.

Events planned throughout the day will include:

•9 a.m. — Meeting of Dutch Oven cooking contest cooks.

•9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Tour of Harper School, featuring  the PowerPoint presentation, “A Year in the Life of a Harper Student,” produced by members of the school’s Student Council.

•11 a.m. — Music at the pavilion by Scott Hofmann’s Classic Country Connection. Also featured will be Frank Taylor and Clay Barton.

•11:30 a.m. — Beard contest registration: full, partial, mustache (judging will be done at 12:30 p.m.).

•12:30 p.m. — Registration for 42 dominos tournament.

•1-3 p.m. — 42 dominoes tournament.

•3 p.m. — Washer pitching.

•3 p.m. — Extreme “Pinewood Derby” race (small vehicle race with very few rules).

•5 p.m. Dutch Oven cooking contest (Main Dish, Bread, and Dessert categories, with prizes awarded per division — junior and senior levels). Contest details can be obtained on the internet website www.harperpioneermuseum.com, or by calling 830-343-7317.

•9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — Dance at the Community Hall, sponsored by Headwaters Saloon, with music provided by The New Age Out-Lawz.

Other activities happening during the celebration will include:

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