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Weekend events will launch city's sesquicentennial

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By The Staff

Kangaroo Court fugitive search begins today

TELL CITY - Tell City's 50th Schweizer Fest and sesquicentennial celebration is less than three weeks away and the list of events planned for the Aug. 2-9 celebration continues to grow. The number of entries for the opening-day parade have surpassed 120 and Kids' Day events will offer activities in City Hall Park and along Seventh Street.

New pre-celebration activities are also kicking off across the city, including a new fugitive search that begins today.

Sesquicentennial Parade

More than 120 entries have been received for the Aug. 2 parade, co-chairman Rick May said. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. with Moose Lodge 1424 sponsoring the event and organizing entries.

The route begins at Main and Washington streets with entries continuing north on Main to Tell Street and then east to 11th Street. To enter the parade, call May at (812) 455-0587 or Mark Laflin at (812) 608-0893.

Barbecue Contest and Community Picnic

Entries are being accepted for a barbecue contest in City Hall Park Aug. 2. A lunchtime community picnic is planned in City Hall Park, sponsored by Thyssen-Krupp Waupaca.

Meat will be provided to contestants as part of a community gift from the company with a chef's choice of two slabs of ribs or two chickens. Contestants may participate in one or both categories.

First prize in each category is $150, with $100 going to the second-place winner and $50 for third place. Judges will consider taste, tenderness, texture and appearance in determining winners. There is a $10 non-refundable entry fee for all contestants for administrative expenses.

The number of allotted booths for the contestants is limited, so barbecuers are asked to start planning now and to put this date on their calendars. Interested chefs are also encouraged to return entry forms as soon as possible.

Contest entry forms, along with rules and regulations, may be obtained at The Perry County News, the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Old National Bank.

The deadline for submitting entry forms is July 28. For more information, call Phil Wittmer at 547-3173, Dave Hammond at 547-3708 or Jim Thompson at 547-5636.

A barbershop chorus will perform in the park at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 2, followed by opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will be on hand to congratulate residents. The Duke Boys will perform in the Brau Garten stage from 7 to 10 p.m.

Kids' Day

Aug. 3, is Kids' Day with activities galore in City Hall Park and along Seventh Street in city-owned lots between Humboldt and Franklin streets. Activities include a petting zoo, clowns, costumed characters, organ grinder and helicopter display. The annual Schweizer Fest Diaper Derby and Pet Show will take place at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively, in City Hall Park.

Local performer Tammy Cassidy will perform from 7 p.m. to dusk along Seventh Street and tethered hot-air balloon rides will be offered from 5 p.m. to dusk.

Distribution of official Schweizer Fest and sesquicentennial programs will begin late this week and copies will be inserted into the July 24 issue of The News.

A complete schedule of events can be found at www.tellcity150.com.

Kangaroo Court Fugitives

The Tell City Sesquicentennial Committee's Keystone Cops Fugitive Search begins today with three fugitives on the run. A clue to each suspect's identity will be given in every issue of The News. A $50 cash bounty is offered for each fugitive, said Chris Cail, owner of William Tell Antiques and a committee member. His business is sponsoring the contest as a way to recapture some of the events from the 1958 centennial, which included a mock stockade that held "rule breakers."

"The fugitives could be anyone, the person next to you in line, serving you lunch, a co-worker, friend or passerby," Cail said.

Rules for the search are precise. Questions to possible fugitives must be worded exactly. "Are you the Tell City Kangaroo Court fugitive?" If a fugitive is asked that question exactly, Cail said, he or she will hand over a card the winner can use to claim the bounty.

Questions must be posed in person. Telephone calls or e-mails don't count. Rules can be found at www.william tellantiques.com and at www. perrycountynews.com.

Fugitive 1

Clue: I have lived in Perry County all my life, but moved to Tell City when I was a teen.

Fugitive 2

Clue: I graduated high school in 1972 and have no children.

Fugitive 3

Clue: I attended Franklin School and gradated from Tell City High School.