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Centennial Celebration plans are underway

The Centennial Committee of the Philip Chamber of Commerce is moving ahead with ideas and gathering manpower for the 2007 Philip Centennial.

“Where the sun kisses the earth” will be the theme for the long weekend in June of 2007. The committee will be helping with the planning and will be overseeing many different projects, though other organizations and individuals will actually be responsible for each activity.

More ideas and volunteers are sought. Of the currently discussed possible plans, some are more definite than others.

There will be an all-class school reunion. Registration for the reunion and banquet will give a more accurate estimate of how many people will be attending the Centennial. Currently, the working estimate is 2,000-2,500 people. Information is being compiled on how many motel and hotel rooms, campground spaces, bed and breakfast rooms, and spare rooms for rent will be available in Philip and the surrounding towns. One previously discussed idea is to build a large campground in or near Philip before the centennial.

There will be a parade and Barb Williamson will be heading that project.

The time capsule at the courthouse will be opened. A related idea is to have a Pony Express reenactment of the declaration from Pierre that Philip had gained legal status as a township. A historical bank robbery reenactment is also an idea open for further discussion. A style show displaying attire from 1907 to 2007 is also being discussed, but needs a director or subcommittee.

Dances, pow-wows, food and souvenir vendors, carnival, historical play, and a community water fight are just some possible activities. Inviting Philip descendants, cowboy poets, aviation fly-overs, historians, mountain men and shooting groups are some possible ways to draw more people. Main street historical renovations, beginning booster club interest, and contacting tourism guides are some pre-centennial activities. The list of ideas and need for volunteers is still growing.

As ideas and volunteers come forth, the Centennial Committee will be creating a working calendar of events. The committee will meet next in early January 2005 at the conference room in the First National Bank in Philip.