Centennial preparation fills Philip Chamber of Commerce meeting

Most of the discussion at the meeting focused on the upcoming Centennial Celebration. The first topic was the Minuteman Missile site tours, to be held Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Jeanne Berry of the National Park Service spoke about the tours. "We are geared up and ready, looking forward to a good turnout," she said. People who want to go on the tour can go to the launch control center located on the north side of I-90 off exit 127. The actual missile dilo is located off of I-90, exit 116. Full tours include going down in an elevator into the capsule.

The next topic was the arrangement under the tent. It was estimated that there would be seating available most times for over 500 people. Two church services will be held under the tent on Sunday.

The parade has at least 160 float entries at this time, though the organizers are expecting anywhere from 175 to 200 entries total. The parade will start at the Philip Livestock Auction and work its way out to the Legion Hall. The first honored guests in the parade will be many of Scotty Philip's descendants who will be attending the celebration. There will also be a float honoring several people who were in business in Philip for over 50 years. "I think it will be a parade to be remembered," said Joe Gittings.

The two main parking lots set up for the centennial are at the baseball field and at the parking lot south of the cemetery. There will be a shuttle service route from both parking areas into town throughout Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. There will also be handicapped and senior citizen's parking near the First National Bank.

Gittings spoke of the overall status of the celebration. He wanted to make sure that people knew they could save $1.00 by buying a Matched Bronc Rodeo ticket ahead of time.

Gittings clarified the drinking restrictions surrounding the celebration. There will be a closed off space between The Steakhouse and the 73-Saloon in which people may carry their open containers. The only alcoholic beverage allowed in those containers, which were ordered especially for the celebration, will be beer. It was stressed that there would be no underage consumption tolerated whatsoever, and that all of those with a cup must have a colored wristband from either The Steakhouse or the 73-.

Marcia West talked about the All-School Reunion to be held at the school. There are over 1,300 attendees registered so far, and organizers are planning on 1,400. Registration will continue until the dinner on Saturday. There will be class displays throughout the school on Friday and Saturday, and class reunions, by decade, are being held throughout the weekend. West expressed appreciation for the Philip Volunteer Fire Department, whose members went to Midland, Kadoka and Wall in order to round up enough seating and tables for the reunion. She was also grateful that they were not only helping to set up those tables and chairs, but were also going to be taking them down and returning them to the respective owners.