For the last couple of years I've been thinking about Manning's Sesquicentennial in 2031. This past summer I kicked the idea around with a few people in Manning.
Some will comment - what's the hurry but historical events like this take a lot of preparation, time, money, and more importantly - a lot of Volunteers.
For the previous celebrations we had a lot of old timers and people with a historical perspective around to help, but now pretty much most of the old Pioneer families are gone and we have a bunch of new-comers in the community that won't have the historical perspective about Manning.
So we need to get them and the younger generations involved now, to start with some preliminary work.

I worked with Art & Ila Rix on a lot of Manning history and Art was living when we had Manning's Quasquicentennial - I had the privilege of riding with him in the car during the parade.
Art lived through the 50, 75, 100, & 125th celebrations.
I'm hoping to be alive and kicking to lay claim that I lived through the 75, 100, 125, and eventually the 150th.
I was only a week old when the 75th was celebrated so I don't remember it, but I was here...

Anyone who claims Manning as your old stomping grounds and is interested in helping out with the future 150th, please e-mail me.
You might have some ideas for a parade entry or guest entertainment to bring in to Manning during the celebration.
Or you might like to volunteer at that time and maybe donate some funds to help get the process going once an official committee is formed.

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