FLAT ROCK - Escanaba Township will mark its 150 anniversary on Saturday with a celebration at the Escanaba Township Hall.
"This Saturday we're having a full day of activities from 1 in the afternoon to 11 at night," said Kevin Dubord, Escanaba Township supervisor.
The event will kick off with the singing of the National Anthem by Sheila Krueger at 1 p.m. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. a catered meal will be served. At 6 p.m. there will be drawings for prizes including a trailer of firewood, a wood carving, and agricultural products.
"We're trying to have an agricultural and woods/logging theme," said Dubord.
The Flat Rock area of Escanaba Township developed in the late 1800s as a sawmill community along the Escanaba River, in the area where the paper mill is now. As the trees began to diminish, the sawmills were closed and several families took up farming in the current Flat Rock area.
"We've got a bunch of historical pictures and goodie bags to hand out," said Dubord.
Saturday's festivities will also include chainsaw carving, fire department demonstrations, historic displays, children's activities, and displays of farming and logging equipment.
The evening will wrap up with a dance from 7 to 11 p.m. at the township hall. Live music will be provided by The Cadillacs.
The event Saturday will disrupt traffic for six hours in the afternoon. "We're closing off a portion of County Road 416 in front of the township hall from noon until 6. It will only be through traffic to come to this celebration," said Dubord.
Dubord hopes the event will not only be enjoyable but will teach residents about the history of the township. "Most people don't realize there's only 20 states in the United States that have township government. They're all east of the Mississippi River; everything west of the Mississippi River is run by county government," said Dubord.
The township, which was formed in 1861 and held it's first board meeting in 1862, is roughly 6 miles wide and 18 miles long. It reaches from Little Bay de Noc on the east and almost to the Perronville area on the west. The township is the second largest township in Delta County, with a population of 3,587 residents.
For more information about Escanaba Township or the events on Saturday, contact Dubord at 786-3437.