Pierce County Town Readies for Centennial Celebration
Mullally, Matt. "Pierce County Town Readies." Pierce County Record, 3 July 2010, 1 & 8.
Selz Centennial Committee Chairperson Brenda Weinmann said it's about the small details now.
One more week to tie up loose ends before the planning stops and the celebration begins.
"The committee has been going at this hard for a good year and a half,'' Weinmann said. "It's hard to believe it's almost here."
The centennial theme is "All roads lead to Selz" and this southern Pierce County town could see its population swell to over a 1,000 people to take in the events, July 9-11.
"We've got a lot of fun things planned,'' she said. "So far over 300 have registered and people are coming from all over."
The celebration features a banquet, a parade, car show, street dance and demolition derby among other activities.
Tracking down former residents
Without question the biggest challenge for the committee was contacting school alums and other residents who moved out of the area over the years.
"We didn't have a lot of records to go by,'' she said. "I had help from long-time teacher Magdalene Hoffart."
The search led to the Pierce County Courthouse where census records for the school yielded more names. That hard work paid off as the committee of 10 is expecting a number of alums to return and reminisce.
A kick-off banquet will be held this Friday, July 9 at the Harvey Eagles. Centennial registration begins at 2 p.m. and the cost is $10 a person and includes a packet of free items. The banquet will start at 6 p.m. and it is open to the public. The meal price is $9 a plate.
Weinmann said a Selz Centennial "King and Queen" will also be crowned that evening and a special quilt will be auctioned off.
Saturday, July 10 includes a full lineup complete with a parade at 10:30 a.m. followed by plenty of free stage entertainment and a classic car show and kids' games and bingo. A street dance will start at 9 p.m. and the band, Fat Daddies, will perform.
A shuttle bus service will be provided all day between Selz and Harvey. The cost for an all-day ride pass is $5.
On Sunday, July 11, there will also be a church service at St. Anthony's Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. A breakfast will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The final centennial event will be a demolition derby, beginning at 2 p.m. The admission is $5 per person.
A good number of the visitors have booked motel rooms in Harvey or Rugby. Campgrounds in Harvey are also full.
The only thing the committee can't plan is the weather, and Weinmann is hopeful Mother Nature will cooperate for Selz's party of the century.
Sign outside of Selz promoting the event.
Main Street of Selz today.
Reprinted with permission of the Pierce County Record.