The Village of Morris will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary of Incorporation of the Village on September 26th& 27th, 2020. The Town of Morris was first settled circa 1770, and established itself as a Township in 1849 and later the Village was Incorporated in 1870.

Although the schedule of events has been pared back from what was originally planned due to Covid -19 concerns, the weekend has variety of events scheduled for the entire community. Sesquicentennial Committee Chairman Matthew Palmer stated “ We understand that these are unique times to plan and participate in a community celebration, however we look forward to honoring the occasion with the community interest and safety in mind. He also stated that they will continue to follow State and County health guidelines related to Covid-19 and will expect all participants and attendees to follow the mask and social distancing guidelines as well.

Area residents should be aware that there will be traffic impacts on Routes 23 & Route 51 entering the village of Morris from 10AM-11:30AM during the parade.

The following is the schedule of events

September 26th

1. 150th Parade - Era based Floats in 50 Year span from 1870-2070, Town/Village Orgs, Fire/EMS, Antique cars, Tired Iron, local businesses, community groups and more 10 AM

2. Community Group Picture at 4 Corners immediately following Parade or at noon. (MASKS ON)

3. Chicken BBQ – Firehouse (immediately following parade until sold out)

4. Tired Iron / Linn Tractor / Antique Car Showcase (12-3pm) (McMillen Field 17 Broad Street)

5. Farmers Market / Craft Market in Community Park 12-3pm

September 27th

1. Community Softball Game: Warren Ryther Field, Spring Street (12pm)

2. Butternut Creek Paddle (1pm) (Bailey Rd, BVA sponsored)

3. Tired Iron / Linn Tractor Showcase (12-3pm) (McMillen Field 17 Broad Street)

4. Historic Tours of Village (3-5pm) (Main Street, Morris Historical Society)

Participants and attendees may find additional information, parade, farmers/craft market registration and volunteer signup on the Village of Morris Sesquicentennial Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/morrissesquicentennial or can email Morris150th@gmail.com for more information