Planning a 100-Year Bash

On November 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th star on the American flag. Nearly a century later, it has grown into a state many love to call home.

As 2007 approaches, Edmond is preparing to celebrate one hundred years of statehood. For months our Edmond Centennial Commission has been preparing for the commemorative celebration.

The Edmond Centennial Commission, made up of 15 members, creates and implements projects and activities, which promote Edmond’s part in the history of Oklahoma. They work in coordination with the State of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration Committee. Marilyn Kreidler, Edmond Centennial Commission’s chairperson, says everything they have planned will be a special way to honor Oklahoma’s past and embrace its future.

The commission had a float in the LibertyFest parade, which won first place in the civic/non profit category.

“Our parade float subcommittee, headed up by Dan O’Neil did a great job of creating a float that was educational and also found a way to involve some of our public school students from John Ross Elementary,” said Kreidler. She felt the float was a great public way to herald the upcoming celebration.

At the top of the celebration list is a plan to add a four-faced Centennial Clock to the downtown area at the corner of 2nd and Broadway, in place of the fox statue. It will serve as a long-time reminder of Edmond’s mark on Oklahoma history.

Two pedestrian bridges have been approved with design and funding to be determined. One will be built by the City of Edmond near the Festival Market Place and the other will be built and funded by the University and will stretch over 2nd Street near UCO.

Also, a statue created by Mary Lou Gresh