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A lot is in store for the Fort Smith bicentennial celebration once the campaign launches Christmas Day 2017.
The city announced in February planning had started for the city’s 200th birthday. Soon after, the 200th Anniversary Committee, comprised of about two dozen citizens, was formed and has met for the past several months as part of the planning effort for the celebration.
A series of bicentennial-related celebrations will take place from Christmas 2017 through December 2018. The committee divided that time into quarters, where it will celebrate four main themes as it explores the city’s past, present and future.
“It’s a real opportunity for us to celebrate the establishment of Fort Smith and its 200 years of existence and gives us an opportunity to get as many people involved as we can,” Mayor Sandy Sanders said. – Times Record
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As part the grand finale to the “Future Fort Smith” quarter, an attempt will be made to unseat Grand Rapids, Mich., as the Guinness World Record holder of “largest lip dub event.” It will take more than 5,000 people lip syncing to surpass the 2011 record setters. Lansing, Mich., tried in 2012 and failed.
Bradford Randall, committee chair of the “Future Fort Smith” quarter said a series of videos will be released throughout that fourth quarter of 2018. The videos will depict aspects of Fort Smith’s transportation, technology, education and daily life.
“Each video will incorporate Fort Smith’s rich history into a vision of the future as told by the people,” Randall noted.
Ford Motor Co. has agreed to loan self-driving cars for the fourth-quarter events, he added. The future Interstate 49 corridor and the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine are also involved.
Jim Perry, committee chair for the Arts and Culture quarter that begins the whole year of celebrations, said there is a need for a programmer and organizer for a film festival that includes some of the many films that have included Fort Smith, like “True Grit.” The local Malco has agreed to host it, Sanders said. – Times Record
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