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Call the banners: Bicentennial group talks decor for 2018 celebration

Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 2:07 pm

With the 2017 calendar half gone, the Louisiana bicentennial celebration is right around the corner.
Bicentennial committee members Michelle Niedner, Diana Huckstep, Lori Lewis, Chadwick Dowell and Susan Duncan met on Wednesday, July 5.
The main focus of the meeting was to discuss banners for the bicentennial and plan upcoming events.
The banner will feature the logo designed by Louisiana resident Jeff Elmore and was selected during the July 4th celebration in 2016 along with other images that make Louisiana unique.
Possible images included a steamboat and downtown Louisiana.
The goal is to have banners visible on the light poles on Georgia St. downtown with an undetermined number in mind.
A smaller version of the banner will be available as a yard flag.
“We’re pricing them right now. There’s no decision on how many,” Huckstep said.
The committee currently has an $8,800 balance from PayPal donations, events and deposits from people and companies.
Funds are managed by Louisiana City Treasurer Charity Lesley and Huckstep.
The bicentennial logo has already been etched onto items for sale that include a cutting board, wooden spoon, cork trivet, wood ornaments and wood magnets.
The next event sponsored by the committee will be another music themed bingo night in early August.
A location has not been finalized but the committee will meet with the American Legion to see if their facility is available.
The committee is also looking into community nights with both Hardee’s and Subway to boost funds.
With community nights, each franchise offers a two hour time slot on either Sunday, Monday or Tuesday after 4 p.m. to donate 20 percent of proceeds to charity.
“I think it’s a great idea if we can get the community behind it,” Huckstep said.
Flyers for the event will be around town once a date is picked.
Duncan, who attended her first meeting, thinks the celebration will be a great community event.
“The committee members have been busy preparing for this event and I look forward to working with them to make the event a success,” she said.