by Dennis Dalman
Live music, games for children, prizes and trolley rides that will transport riders back into history will all be part of the upcoming Sartell 111th birthday bash.
The event, sponsored by the Sartell Historical Society, will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Sartell Community Center.
Judy Morgan, member of the historical society, shared details of the “Happy Birthday, Sartell!” event with the Sartell Newsleader.
The following will be components of the celebration:
From 10:30 a.m.-noon: Children’s games with themes of Sartell’s past, face-painting, kite-flying and story time.
From 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.: Performance by the Riverside Jazz Band.
At 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Trolley rides will start during those times from the Sartell Community Center. The guided tour will visit the many historical sites in the city. But seating is limited so people should register to reserve a seat ahead of time. To register, call Ann at 320-253-4036, option 1; or email Ann at email@example.com.
All through the day there will be a display of historical artifacts that help tell the story of the people, places and traditions of Sartell’s 100-plus years of history. There will be people available who are highly knowledgeable about aspects of Sartell history, including early economic bedrocks of DeZurik valve company, the Watab Paper Mill, the annual Winter Haven celebration, the early beginnings of the Sartell School District, the early days of the Sartell Fire Department and Police Department, the little-known McCann Ice Business (river ice), Sartell’s founding families and much more. Historical videos and video interviews will also be available for viewing.
There will be birthday cake, cookies, coffee and punch served, and participants can register for door prizes.
“This will be a great opportunity to learn about Sartell as we celebrate an important milestone and support the Sartell Historical Society,” Morgan said.