By ROBERT S. MERRILL
An open house to kick off Franklin County’s Centennial celebration will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon-5 p.m. at the Franklin County Courthouse in Preston.
The open house, organized by County Clerk Shauna Geddes, will kick off an extended celebration and will include displays throughout the courthouse.
She said a live broadcast by Alan White of KACH Radio will take place from 1-4 p.m. Stories about early settlements in the county will be shared on air. Refreshments will be served.
The celebration will continue on April 26, with a variety show in the Dahle Performing Arts Center in Dayton. Organizers said they hope to have a lot of local entertainers participating that evening.
In July an Oneida Stake Academy Pageant is being planned where there will be a sharing of Franklin County history through song and dance.
Geddes said in August they plan to hold a tractor, car and horse parade.
Geddes said she’s been working on plans for this celebration for some time. She hopes the community will support the events.
“It’s been an interesting and on-going process. This year is also the sesquicentennial for the territory. Bannock County is pulling out all the stops for the occasion.
“They are including our county in their activities. They are having a kick-off dinner and displays at a new casino on the Fort Hall Reservation, just off I-15. They have a lot of things going on, including a nice website,” Geddes said.
If anyone has any great ideas or wants to help Geddes with the celebration she is open to suggestions. Call her at 852-1090.
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