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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sesquicentennial Festival Schedule is Jammed with Fun Activities

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There are so many events happening this week.  Please keep an eye on the city's website, Fort Thomas Matters, the City’s Facebook page, and the Tour Buddy smartphone app for updates on all the events.  We also need a lot of volunteers.  Please find your favorite event and sign up. We are always open to new ideas. Contact Linda Slone 859-750-9532.   Thank you!

Volunteer Sign-Up: The festival needs lots of volunteers to make everything run smoothly. You can visit this site to sign up for volunteer slots. You can do this on your phone or laptop. Copy and paste this link.

Sunday, July 2: Fundraising Party

9:00 AM: Old Fort Trail Challenge.
Want to celebrate the Sesquicentennial with a challenge?  Are you one of the many people who love Fort Thomas for how walker and runner friendly it is? Are you the outdoors type?  If so, why not walk right off the sidewalks and into the beautiful forests of Fort Thomas by participating in the Old Fort Trail Challenge. The challenge is to hike all of the Tower Park trails (as laid out on a map) all in one day. Check-points will be located throughout the trail system where participants can stamp their maps and read a sign to learn a little bit about Fort Thomas history.  Not sure if you can hike the whole trail system? Don't worry, just hike what you can.  Hikers who do complete all of the trails can return their stamped map and receive a badge of completion. This event will take place on Sunday, July 2 from 9:00 am until noon. There is a $20.00 entry fee per family that includes one t-shirt. Additional t-shirts can be bought for an additional $15.00 fee.This event is sponsored by the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy and all proceeds will go toward protecting the forests in Fort Thomas. You must register by June 21 in order to receive the t-shirt. Take the challenge and sign up today at Or contact Trisha Schoeder at or 859-441-2661.

5:30 PM: Farm to Fort White on White Fundraising Dinner.  
*This is ticketed affair. 

The Farm to Fort White on White Dinner is scheduled for July 2 and will be held under the stars at the longest table seen in Fort Thomas in front of the Mess Hall.  This locally sourced dinner will have guests dressed in white, sipping cocktails, and dining on 1867 Kentucky inspired gourmet fare created by the chefs at Colonel De’s Gourmet Herbs and Spices. Space is limited, only 300 tickets are available. Tickets are $150.00 and will include a gorgeous commemorative Louisville Stoneware Mint Julep cup designed by our own Beverly Erschell. A children’s choir will entertain and the official bourbon will be revealed.

* Tickets may be obtained at the City Building, 130 North Fort Thomas Ave or from Colonel De's Gourmet Herbs and Spice Shop.

Monday, July 3: Birthday Party 

5:00-7:00 PM: Seersucker Bike Ride
Prepare your seersucker, linen, and other summer fashions and clean your bikes for a splendid and lazy bicycle ride planned through scenic Fort Thomas from Tower Park to Highlands High School. We will head out from Tower Park by the Mess Hall and bike down South Fort Thomas Avenue to North Fort Thomas Avenue towards Highlands High School.  At Highlands, you can enjoy refreshments provided by the Fort Thomas Education Foundation and have your photo taken courtesy of Marian Sizemore of State Farm.  Then pedal back to Tower Park for some good old summertime fun. At the end of the ride, there will be food trucks available. You can throw down a blanket and enjoy some great food on the lawn of Tower Park by the Mess Hall.  There will be badminton, and croquet. Just remember, this is not a race, just a slow, fun ride. No registration needed. Just show up.
5:00-9:00 PM: City Wide Happy Hour
Join us for a city-wide Happy Hour. Visit the 915 Bar and Grill, Fort Thomas Bourbon Bar at the Antique Center, Fort Thomas Pizza, and Midway Fort Thomas Pub for this fun event.  Transportation will be provided for FREE by Executive Transportation but tips are greatly appreciated. You can visit them ALL because the van will do a circle and pick you up for the next location. You can ride the Pedal Wagon between the Fort and the Midway District. For more information, please contact Jennie King at 859-445-2445 or Linda Slone 859-750-9532.
5:00 – 9:00 PM: Croquet and Badminton available to play.

6:00 PM: Fort Thomas 150th Birthday Party Celebration

6:00 PM: Cupcake Decorating and Eating Contest and and Let Us Eat Cake
Cupcake Decorating Contest*
Choose your design! Decorate your 6 cupcakes! Bring them to the Fort for judging between 5:30 – 5:45 PM.  Limit 1 entry per family. Ages for entering contest are for 5 – 9, 10 – 14, and 16-18 years old. See website for registration.

6:30 PM: The Cake Eating Contest.  We have cake! How fast can you eat cupcakes?  We will be timing you at 6:30 PM.  Limit 1 entry per family and 10 per age group.  Age groups for entering this contest are 5-6, 7-10, 11-14, and 15-17 years old.  See website for registration.
*Each of the cupcake events, including judging, will take place at the bottom of the steps to the Amphitheater.

*Please send all Registration Forms to the City Building, 130 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075. 

6:30 PM: Ice Cream Social.
Colonel Creamery will be there in Tower Park selling his special Sesquicentennial Ice Cream.  Check out all of the delicious flavors.

7:00 PM: Let Us East Cake. Please join us for the biggest birthday party ever as the City of Fort Thomas celebrates our 150th Birthday with cupcakes at 7:00 PM.  All cupcake events will be at bottom of steps to Amphitheater.  **Please indicate if you need gluten free**

7:00 PM: Fort Thomas Youth Choir Concert.
The Children’s Choir, led by Mary Scaggs, has been rehearsing for months. The 53 students, from Kindergarten to high school, are from the five Fort Thomas Schools, St. Catherine, St. Thomas and homeschool students. Nothing is better on a summer evening than young voices singing!

9:00 PM: InBocca Theater Production of “Pearl Bryan.”
Caroline Stine presents an original piece of theater about our own murder mystery.  The play is based on historical documents, improvisational techniques, and the murder ballads of the time. This free event will be held in the Mess Hall on Monday and Friday evenings.

Tuesday, July 4: The Tradition of the Fourth of July in the Fort Continues. 

7:40 AM: YMCA Kids Run - forms are online and at YMCA
8:15 AM: YMCA 5K Run
10:00 AM: Proclamations Methodist Church
10:30 AM: Parade Begins
12:00 PM: Food/Retail Booths Open
1:00 PM:  Dedication of the Charters of Freedom and Veterans Way
1:00 PM: Photo of all Military at Veterans Way
2:00 -7:00 PM: Cross Fit Soto Obstacle Course
2:00 PM: North vs. South Tug of War
2:30 PM:  Mustache/Beard Contest
2:45 PM:  Most Patriotic/Bow Tie Contest
3:00 PM:  10th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest: Sponsored by the Fort Thomas Pub
3:00 PM:  Michael Bradford Memorial Cornhole Tournament
3:30 PM: Donut Eating Contest - Sponsored byTop This Donuts
5:00 PM:  Frozen T-Shirt Contest
6:30 PM:  Colour of Rhythm Concert
7:30 PM: Hula Hoop Demonstration and Participation
7:30 PM:  Northern Kentucky Symphony
9:00 PM: InBocca Theater Production of “Pearl Bryan.”
10:00 PM:  Rozzi Fireworks

7:40 and 8:15AM: Race.  The 4th of July starts early with a YMCA Kids Run in the Fort at 7:40 AM.  The 5K Run starts at 8:15 in the Fort.  You can sign-up in advance at the YMCA or that morning in the Mess Hall.  You can register for the race online at or that morning prior to the race. Cost is $25 before and $30 day of race. Contact Nick Heiss at or 859-781-1814 for more information.

10:30 AM: Parade. 
The parade will begin at 10:30 AM at Highlands High School and end at Tower Park where there will be food trucks and lots of fun events and music.  To enter a float in the parade, please see and find “4th of July Parade Sign-Up”. The application and requested donation of $35 can be mailed or dropped off at the City of Fort Thomas, 130 N Fort Thomas Ave, ATTN: Melisa Kelly. Should you have any questions, please contact Linda Slone at 859-750-9532 or Jim Trauth at 859-992-1884.

We will honor our Grand Marshals with proclamations at the United Methodist Church at 10:00 AM.  Please join Dick & Jackie Thompson and Virginia Hosea Francis as we declare them our 150th Sesquicentennial Grand Parade Marshals. We expect over 100 entries to be in our parade and we anticipate a few surprises.

12:00 PM: Retail/Food Booths Open.
Yes, we moved the festivities back like the old days.  All festivities will start immediately after the parade in Tower Park.

1:00 PM:  Dedication of the Charters of Freedom. 
Fort Thomas is dedicated in preserving our history.  The Charters of Freedom will include our 3 Medal of Honor recipients, the Constitution of the United States, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.  It will be an emotional  dedication to our military and our founding fathers.

1:00 PM: Dedication of Veterans Way and a Photo of all Military at Veterans Way.

Calling All Veterans.  We want to recruit YOU to be honored in our 4th of July Parade.  To sign up, call Sean Donelan at 859-572-1243.  The dedication of Veterans Way will take place immediately after the parade and will include a photo of all military and veterans as part of the dedication.

2:30 PM: Calling All BEards and Mustaches. In 1967, a 19 year old won the beard contest for his age category at the Fort Thomas Centennial Celebration. In 2017 that winner, David Hosea, will give the award to the Sesquicentennial beard grower.  We want to see lots of beards and mustaches on July 4th at 2:30 PM in Tower Park. Long, short, unique! As for those mustaches, bring your handlebar, chevron, English, Dali, Fu Man-chu, whatever you prefer. Colonel De will present the award for this lucky gentleman.

2:00 -7:00 PM: Cross Fit Soto Obstacle Course.
Join the Cross Fit Soto TEEN CHALLENGE.  Scale the rock climbing wall, crawl under netting, other obstacles, tire flips, Spartan Race, bucket of sand carry, with other obstacles for younger children. Lots of fun!

2:00 PM: North vs. South Tug of War.
Let’s have a TUG OF WAR in Tower Park.  Sign up for this event through the YMCA by calling Nick Heiss at 859-781-1814.  We welcome all individuals or get a team together for this fun event.

2:45 PM: Most Patriotic Bow Tie Contest.
What is old is new again. Bow ties have made a comeback just in time for the 150th. Decorate, paint, or make your patriotic bow tie. Bow tie master, Sam Shelton, will judge.

3:00 PM: Hot Dog Eating Contest. This is the 10th year for the Olde Fort Pub’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.  So, make sure you sign up to eat all the dogs you think you can  to win the first place trophy for the Sesquicentennial.

3:00 PM: Michael Bradford Memorial Cornhole Tournament.

3:30 PM: Donut Eating Contest.
Top This Donut is challenging donut lover to see who is the TOP in eating donuts. Join them to see who will be the EAT the most donuts the fastest.

5:00 PM: Frozen T-Shirt Contest.
Have you ever gotten up in the morning and it is cold in the house?  Your shirt makes you feel even colder?  WELL….. wait to you try to put on a frozen t-shirt!  Hopefully the warm sunshine will help you.  Whoever gets their shirt unfrozen and on is the winner. Lots of fun for a hot day.  Meet at the Mess Hall.

7:30 PM: Hula Hoop Demonstration.
Remember during your childhood when that hard plastic hoop was the national sensation?  It was our own exercise program but we just didn’t know it.  So, we are bringing back the Hula Hoops. She will show you tricks, help you find your rhythm of the swing and she put on a great show for us!  She will even teach the kids how to hula hoop, too!

7:30 PM:  Northern Kentucky Symphony.
Wait till you hear this band! They have selected a series of patriotic themes pieces just for  the 150th. They will play through the fireworks to provide a score for the light show.

10:00 PM:  Rozzi Fireworks.
Kaboom!  Everyone loves Rozzi fireworks shows.  It’s a wonderful cap to a full day of celebration.

Wednesday, July 5: Find your Sport in the Fort Thomas Olympics 

Join the Fort Thomas Olympics. Pick your favorite sport. We have flag football, Punt, Pass and Kick, baseball, soccer ,and yoga in the park. Take a look at the calendar, call the coach to sign up and have fun.

All of these are free events. No registration needed. 

5:00 -8:00 PM: Soccer Skills Challenge at HHS Soccer Field– (Don McEntire 513-403-9549)
5:30 PM:  Fort Thomas Jr. Football League:  Punt, Pass & Kick Competition  at HHS Football Field.  Registration form at (Dave Simons 859-393-7136)
6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 PM:  Little League K-3 Flag Football Rossford Park (Kevin Vennefron 513-520-5534)
6:00 PM:  11U All-Star Baseball Game at Tower Park (Joe Grimme 859-468-1937)
7:30 PM:  Father/Son Baseball Game at Tower Park (Joe Grimme 859-468-1937)
5:00 – 9:00 PM: Par 3 Corn Hole Golf Tourney (Chuck Keller 859-240-7555)

Other Events:
6:00 PM: C. C. Weber Architectural Tour of Briarcliff subdivision lead by Nick Ellison. Meet at the pocket park at Inverness for a free guided tour of the houses that C. C. Weber designed and built. He designed over 130 buildings (homes, schools, churches) in Fort Thomas as well as the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. He is a true gem of the city.

6:45 PM: Yoga in the Park with Mint Yoga’s Tiffany Brennen. 
While the athletes are competing, others can unwind.  Join Mint Yoga for Yoga in the Park. Relax and prepare to listen to the concert.

5:00 – 9:00 PM: Par 3 Cornhole Golf Tourney.
It’s Par 3 golf except with cornhole. Join us for a fun new game in the park. Meet at the Playground Pavilion for great fun. Get a group to compete and have some goofy fun! (Chuck Keller 859-240-7555)

8:00 PM: School of Rock Concert.
School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method. This group is an amazing source of local talent that must be heard.

Thursday, July 6: Throwback Thursday Celebration.
Come in costume for the time period.  Costume Gallery will give 20% off if you mention “Sesquicentennial.” Join friends and neighbors a blast from the past as we celebrate early Fort Thomas history.

5:00 PM:  Greene Street Open House.
The residents of Greene Street will open their homes for tour. There will be hot dogs and other treats for sale.
5:00 – 9:00 PM: Horse and Buggy Rides Alexandria Circle.
5:00 – 9:00 PM: Historical Walking Tour of Alexandria Circle.
This free event will be lead by a docent in period costume that will discuss the buildings and occupants of this historic area.

6:00 PM: Wax Museum Figures.
Fourth Grade Students at Moyer, Johnson, and Woodfill Schools host an annual  Wax Museum where students pick their favorite Kentucky person.  They study that person and become that person. Students will present history to the city.  Marian Sizemore will be there to take family pictures in front of our historic stills and with our historical wax figures.

7:00 PM: London Street Concert.
Cincinnati’s Premiere Horn Driven Band performing the best hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ‘80s. Relax and listen to samples of London Street performing music from the likes of Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and more.

8:00 PM: Dance, Dance, Dance.
It’s a dance party that will surprise and entertain.

Friday, July 7: Family Game Night.

We have over 25 games for all ages.  There is something fun for everyone.  And all games are free.  Check them out! Giant Jenga , Giant Dominoes, Pool Noodle Marble/Car Race, Life Size Scrabble, Giant Pick-Up Sticks, Bocce Ball, Corn Hole Sets, 2 Liter ring toss, Plunk It, Spots, Cat Tac Toe, Mailbox, Football Throw , Gaga Pit, Plinko, Toilet Game, Football Toss, Tic Tac Toe, Jaguar Jail, Golden Ball, Putt-Putt, Fish Toss, Lollipop Pull, Fish Pond, Lawn Twister, Frisbee Tic Tac Toe, Bean Bag Toss.  Don’t miss the Human Foosball!

5:00 PM:  All Carnival Games sponsored by local churches.
6:00 – 8:00 PM:  Chess Tournament. 
It is free to play but it is a One-And-Done Tournament. You may register but we will take walk ins until 6:00 PM.  There are 3 Levels of play: Beginners, Intermediate, Master. The registration form is online at

6:00 PM: 3 on 3 Basketball Competition. Registration forms can be found at  (Dave Simons 859-393-7136). Let’s see who still has game!  Join Dave in the Fort at the basketball area to prove who can shoot and score.

7:00 PM: Princesses and Super Heroes.
Can’t wait to see the beautiful princesses that will visit. They will talk to each of your own young princesses and super heroes while you take some memorable photos of them. The Super Heroes will prove to all ages that there are true heroes in this world. You just have to be young at heart to believe.

5:00 - 9:00 PM: Inflatables available throughout the evening. 

9:00 PM: Harry and the Hendersons movie.
Kids will be able to enjoy this like a drive-in movie in their customized Green Line “cars” made from cardboard boxes. Kids can customize their cars prior to the movie. Lots of family fun.

9:00 PM: InBocca Theater Production of “Pearl Bryan.”
Caroline Stine presents an original piece of theater about our own murder mystery.  The play is based on historical documents, improvisational techniques, and the murder ballads of the time. This free event will be held in the Mess Hall on Monday and Friday evenings.

Saturday, July 8: Party of All Parties

10:00 AM:  Amazing Race. Get a team together to participate in this city wide scavenger hunt. It’s a fast paced challenge to see which team can collect the most points. (Emily Zoller

12:00 PM:  Bike Parade/Decorating Contest. The current mayor, Eric Haas, won this challenge in 1967 and he will judge the winner of this event. So dress up your bike and get in the parade.

1:00 PM:  Pet Parade. Calling all dogs, cats, fish, birds, and whatever is your pet. Bring it for the parade.

1:00 – 3:00 PM: Pet Talent Shows, Pet Vendors, Family Pet Photos. Reduced price on microchipping and DNA testing that day.

2:00 PM: Crowning of Pet Mayor from the Pet Wants essay contest.

2:00 PM: Cool Critters. Experience a menagerie of animals.

2:30 PM: St. Elizabeth Pet Blessing. Bring your pet for an animal blessing. Each pet will receive a Saint Francis medal.

4:00 – 7:00 PM:  8th Annual Antique Car Cruise-In.  Please share your beautiful vehicle with us. The first 100 vehicles will receive a special Sesquicentennial Car Plaque.  Then stay for the bands that start at 5:30 and we promise they will keep you dancing all night long.  For more information about registration please contact Lonnie Slone at 859-750-7710.

Inflatables throughout the day.

Concerts in the Amphitheater:
5:30 PM:  Borderline
7:00 PM:  Leftovers

9:00 PM:  Mighty Mighty BossToneS (headline act)
Since their inception in 1984, the Mighty Mighty BossToneS have been one of rock music’s most prolific touring and recording bands.  During their 30+ year career they have played thousands of shows all over the world and released a slew of ground breaking albums.  The BossToneS are credited as a progenitor of the ska-punk genre, and the creators of its sub-genre ska-core, which mixes ska with punk and hardcore. They were a key figures in the ska scene and one of the first bands to popularize the genre in the musical mainstream with their platinums selling 1997 album “Let’s Face It” and its hit single “The Impression That I Get.”

10:30 PM: Britney’s Lipstick

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