Streator’s Sesquicentennial kick-off celebration will happen rain or shine, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen outdoors.
Event organizers met Tuesday to set Silver Fox, 122 N. Park St, as an alternative location as a result of inclement weather instead of Plumb Pavilion in City Park.
The event, which begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, includes a time capsule unveiling and is the first of many celebrations planned this year to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary.
Streator Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Director Jack Dzuris expects to know if the location will change by 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We’re going to make that decision as early as we can,” Dzuris said.
“If the sun is out and shining that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to have it in the park,” he added.
Dzuris said event organizers will take into account not only the chance of precipitation and temperature but also the condition of the ground at City Park so that attendees aren’t standing in mud.
The event is expected to last around 45 minutes and city officials will open a time capsule that was buried 25 years ago. Old pictures will be available for attendees as well as drinks and a musical performance from the Streator High School band. Seating will not be provided if the event is in City Park.
Attendees also will be given updates with regards to other celebrations throughout the year.
The main celebration is planned from Sunday, June 24, to Saturday, July 7, which incorporates the Streator Walldogs celebration as well as the Streator Fourth of July celebration and the annual Pluto Fest.
If the location for Sunday’s event is changed, The Times will update its Facebook page at fb.com/mywebtimes.