Chicago Ridge plans weekend celebration for 100th anniversary
By Steve Metsch email@example.com September 3, 2014 4:09PM
Chicago Ridge's centennial will be celebrated Friday through Sunday, Sept. 5-7, 2014, at Freedom Park. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 4, 2014 2:12AM
Just a few days after the 100th anniversary of its incorporation as a village, Chicago Ridge plans a full weekend of centennial celebration events at the village hall and Freedom Park.
Chicago Ridge was incorporated on Sept. 1, 1914, Judy King, secretary to Mayor Chuck Tokar, said. Since the centennial anniversary date fell on the Monday of a busy Labor Day weekend, village officials decided to hold their celebration this weekend, she said.
The fun kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with an ice cream social that includes slices of birthday cake at the village hall, 10455 S. Ridgeland Ave.
That’s also when the winners of the fire hydrant decorating contest will be announced. The contest featured 20 residents painting fire hydrants with a wide range of themes. Photos of all 20 entrants are on display at the village hall and on the village’s web site.
Saturday kicks off with a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. The event starts on Oxford Avenue, behind the village hall, 10455 S. Ridgeland Ave.
Racers will head south on Oxford, east on 106th Street, south on Oak Avenue, east on 109th Street, south on Parkside Avenue, west on 110th Street, and north on Oxford back to the finish line at the village hall. The entry fee is $10 per person before the race. The fee increases to $15 on Saturday.
Events are scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Park, which is south of the Metra tracks and a few blocks east of Ridgeland. Food vendors will be there if you’re hungry, and there’s a beer tent if you’re thirsty.
A bingo tent will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. All residents are asked to come out for a community photo shoot at 6:30 p.m. Chicago Ridge firefighters will have a barrel spraying battle at 5 p.m.
There’s also a petting zoo and pony rides from noon to 5 p.m.; the Mark Twain Wild West Extravaganza from 2 to 9 p.m.; old-fashioned games at 3 p.m.; and a bean bag tournament at 7 p.m.
Musical entertainment will be provided by J.W. & the Wannabees from 2 to 3 p.m.; Rico Quinn from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; Dancing Noodles from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Recycle the Day from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
There will be a laser show and fireworks at dusk Saturday.
A classic car show will be held outside the village hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be 40 awards presented for vehicles in a wide range of eras, from before World War II to today’s models. Included are Best in Show and Mayor’s Choice. The participation fee is $20.
Boy Scouts will serve up a pancake breakfast on the village hall’s lower level from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
The weekend includes the centennial parade at 1 p.m. Sunday. The staging area is on Washington Street west to Ridgeland. The parade route is south Ridgeland to 107th Street, east on 107th to Washington, and northwest on Washington back to Oxford.
Included in the parade are horses and riders from the Will County Trail Riders, the Jesse White Tumblers, Bagpipes & Drums of The Emerald Society, dancers from The Dance Shop in Chicago Ridge, and dogs courtesy of the Animal Welfare League and the Pawsitvely Heaven Pet Resort, both located in Chicago Ridge, King said.