Centennial committee members and volunteers helped make cookies for the troops in Afghanistan.
When Price City turned 100-years-old this year, city officials and residents wanted to find an appropriate way to celebrate the occasion. What could have been just a one time festivity quickly turned into a six month long celebration chock full of events encompassing many activities, businesses, and groups in the community.
The Price City Council and the formed Price Centennial Committee, along with many others, quickly began looking for any and all events that could be used to commemorate the unique moment in the city's history. From the smallest events and gatherings to the city's landmark events, including International Days, each event celebrated the centennial in some way.
"From the beginning, the centennial committee focused on trying to bring anything that people would have wanted to see happen during the celebration," said Barbara Piccolo, chairperson for the committee.
To have that happen, Piccolo and the other members of the centennial committee worked closely with the Price City Council, as well as many other committees and groups in the city, to find as many activities and events that the centennial could be worked into.
The six month long period started on April 6 with a concert performed by the band Due West at the Price City Civic Auditorium. The performance not only was the kickoff to the centennial festivities, but it was also the first performance at the Civic Auditorium with the upgrades in the building, including the extended stage and sound system. The event packed the auditorium with fans who sat through a two-hour acoustic set performed by the band.
"From there it just grew and grew and didn't stop," Piccolo said "Looking back, I'm amazed at everything we have all done in celebrating the centennial."
The celebration was also brought to all of the local schools as Mayor Joe Piccolo and his wife Barbara visited each school to talk with the students about activities they would like to see happen. In addition to talking with the students, the couple presented each school in the district with a centennial plaque with a 1911 penny attached to it.
*The other activities included within the centennial celebration included:
*Having students in the district write letters to troops in Afghanistan
*Three "Rock the Park" activities in the Price Peace Gardens
*Guitar Hero competitions
*Making smores in the park with the Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County
*Making cookies at USU Eastern to send to troops overseas
*Centennial bricks and flags sale
*Working on the Price City time capsule
*Giving out swim passes to all students for the Desert Wave Pool
*100 books for 100 years at the Price City Library
*Acknowledging the centenarians of Price City
The list of activities went beyond just holding an event and attaching the city's centennial with it. Many of the activities held over the months have seen many people give back to the community. The money raised from donations at the Due West concert helped benefit the Carbon County Green Team in their effort to provide recycling locations around the county as well as working towards offering more recycling options to residents in the county.
Other events saw the city and its employees give back to the community through movie nights, pizza and popcorn get together, bringing the hot air balloon ride to International Days, serving cake and ice cream to residents and more.
Price City Councilwoman Jeanne McEvoy said the centennial celebration was not just about celebrating one particular event, but rather bringing everyone together for a common cause. She credits the city reaching its centennial because of the hard working people who helped lead the city in its early days.
"They (city leaders back in early days of Price) planned ahead which has brought us to this point today," McEvoy explained. "It's all about everyone helping out each other and making Price City what it is today and in the future."
One event in particular saw members of the Price City Council dress up in early 20th century clothing while they unveiled the special centennial flag that was raised at the Peace Gardens.
"It certainly brought you back to those times," McEvoy said of dressing up in clothing from Price City's early days.
Piccolo also credits the community for coming together and finding different ways the centennial could be incorporated into events in the area.
"The community really helped out by coming up with a lot of ideas for the centennial celebration," she said noting youth events including Rock the Park.
The centennial celebration will conclude at the end of the month with a few more events left, Piccolo. The committee is still working on getting care boxes ready to be sent off to troops serving in Afghanistan which includes hygiene products, treats and more. Also during Oktoberfest the centennial is planning on having root beer floats available, she said.
While the celebration of the city's 100th year is drawing to a close, Piccolo said she hopes residents enjoyed the events held during the celebration and were able to develop a better appreciation for the city and the many years it took to reach this point in time.
"We hope that this celebration helped educate students and residents in the community about Price City and acknowledge the 100 years of history that the city has."