Rifle marks 100th birthday Thursday | PostIndependent.com

Rifle marks 100th birthday Thursday

Heidi Rice
Western Garfield County Staff

RIFLE ” After nearly eight months of honoring the city of Rifle’s 100th year of incorporation, the festivities will come to a head at the Centennial birthday party Thursday night with music, food and fun.

The city of Rifle was officially incorporated on Aug. 18, 1905.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, a commemorative Centennial stamp will be issued at the Rifle Post Office at Third Street and Railroad Avenue. The stamp includes the centennial dates of 1905-2005, along with the slogan, “Embracing Our Past, Shaking Hands With Our Future.”

The birthday bash will be from 6-8 p.m. at the new Centennial Park, between Fifth Street and Railroad Avenue. The Rotary Club is hosting a free barbecue for the first 500 people, and “Wild Blue Country,” a U.S. Air Force Academy band from Colorado Springs, will provide music.

City officials will read proclamations from government officials, including Gov. Bill Owens, and a time capsule containing various memorabilia will be placed in a 4,000-pound piece of oil shale rock in the park. A ceremony dedicating Centennial Park is also scheduled.

Descendants of Abram W. Maxfield, the founder of Rifle, are expected to be in attendance at the party.

But Rifle isn’t the only one turning 100 years old. Other party attendees, including the Rotary Club and the U.S. Forest Service, are also centenarians this year.

“In a way, we’re celebrating all of Rifle’s 100-year-olds,” said Susan McKeon, Centennial events coordinator.

Since January, the city has honored the 100-year anniversary with historic quilts, place mats, bumper stickers, calendars, coffee mugs and photos. The city has featured the centennial in the city’s annual Rendezvous and Independence Day celebrations. The Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial was also brought to Rifle in June as part of the centennial festivities.

A grand finale Centennial celebration will take place on the weekend of Sept. 16-18 in conjunction with the annual Apple Pie Days event and will be held at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and Deerfield Park. The events will include a parade, games, food and entertainment.

For more information about Rifle’s Centennial birthday and events, call McKeon at 625-6256.

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