Fountain Park on the Round Town Square in Blue Rapids will be ready for the Ice Age on Saturday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m.
The Swedish cabin will be open for visitors at 9:00 as will the Blue Rapids Museum. The special exhibit at the BR Museum is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Homesteading Act featuring local cattle brands, antique clothing and farm equipment and more. The museum will stay open until 2:00.
The Central Branch Historical Railroad will offer a train ride at 9:30 boarding on south Main and headed east over the 85’ trestle bridge. Another ride will be run at 1:30. Games for the children will start in Fountain Park at 10:00.
The fountain in Fountain Park is decorated with Sioux Quartzite rocks slid into Kansas from Minnesota by the glaciers. An ice age picture mounted on the north side of the old jail cell is a perfect backdrop for photos as is the monument itself. Special Ice Age photo opportunities will surprise everyone so be sure to bring your cameras.
At 11:00 the Ice Age Monument Dedication will begin with Prof. George Callison, creator and major donor of the monument, greeting you followed by short speeches from visiting and local dignitaries. Bring your own lawn chairs for a comfortable half hour.
As soon as the dedication ceremony is over, the community center will open for a wooly mammoth burger lunch. A free-will offering will be taken to develop an Ice Age exhibit and information display at the Museum. Lunch will be served until about 1:30.
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