On Saturday, April 1, 2017 the City of Salisbury held a celebration for the City's 150th birthday. The all-day event turned out a bit chilly, but overall a fun day had by all filled with festivities, displays, contests, and a look back through Salisbury's history.
The celebration was kicked off with a parade filled with mini-cars, emergency vehicles, and a variety of rides from local businesses. The Ararat Shriners buzzed around the street with their bobbing fezzes on a variety of mini-cars, mini-bikes, golf-carts, and other vehicles.
Salisbury's history was all around for people to see, read, and learn. People revisited Salisbury's history via a coordinated tour presented by a local organization named Community Art Players or CAP's. Over 90 quilts dating back to the late 1800's were put on display at the local United Methodist Church. Later in the day, a fashion show was held at the new and beautiful Balcony Ballroom where models walked the floor in historic wedding dresses.
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At the peak of the day, folks gathered around the U.S. Bank building where several members of the Chamber of Commerce broke the seal on a Salisbury Time Capsule from 1967. Among the items inside the time capsule were historic plates and bumper stickers, a "From Prairie to Prosperity" centennial cloth banner, and a pile of letters and poems from people of the past. Items from the time capsule are on display at the Chariton County Museum.
A wide variety of vendors filled Broadway and the Balcony Ballroom, and several contests were held from baking to beards. A wide variety of food from The Shriners, vendors, and the Salisbury Senior Center kept bellies satisfied, and the carnival rides entertained the kids (big and small)!
Closing the night out with a BANG was Poison Overdose, a tribute band who entertained over 400 in attendance at the Balcony Ballroom.
Content courtesy of Chariton Valley News Press