100th year celebration in Chiefland next spring

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Next year, at about this time, the City of Chiefland will celebrate its 100th year of incorporation. The Chiefland Centennial Celebration has been in the works for about a year, and volunteers on the committee overseeing its arrangement have recently come up with a schedule of events for the affair.
The event, set to happen April 5–6, 2013, will include a community fish fry and dance, a parade, historical booths, displays and demonstrations, contests and cook-offs. The event culminates on a Saturday evening with a fireworks show at Strickland Park.
City building official Bill Hammond, who has spearheaded the effort to organize the event, said he was inspired by visiting a town about a year ago celebrating its own 100 years of history.
“We got together as a group and thought about it, and thought about putting a celebration together a little bit differently,” Hammond said.
The celebration is expected to cost about $40,000, Hammond said, with $25,000 to $30,000 of that money going just into the firework show.
Most small towns that have firework shows spend only about $15,000, Hammond said. “So, you’re looking at twice the show.”
But so far, the committee hasn’t collected any money for the event. Hammond said he’s hoping local businesses and residents will kick enough money in the next year to cover the costs. Chiefland commissioners voted recently to create a city fund for this purpose. Those interested in making a donation can make checks out to the City of Chiefland and mail or drop them off at City Hall. Those interested in volunteering or participating in historical reenactments can call Hammond at 352-493-6827.