The City of Bishop has been planning a celebration for its 100th anniversary, and the three day event begins Thursday.
On Friday, there will be a Pioneer Family Recognition Ceremony held at the Bishop High School Badger Den. This event will begin with a brown bag lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the recognition ceremony will follow at 1 p.m. Family portraits will be taken and available for sale.
Throughout the weeknend, a Bishop Centennial Museum will be set up in the Bishop City Hall.
The Ladies Tea Vintage Fashion Show will begin at 2 p.m., following the Pioneer Family Ceremony at the Bishop High School Badger Den. The Ladies Tea is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. Each of the Miss Bishop Pageant contestants will be modeling vintage garments. Additional vintage outfits that have been made available to us will also be on display or modeled.
Vendor booths will open on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Bishop City Park, along with the Hospitality Center at the Community Center. The Hospitality Center will house the time capsule material from the 50th anniversary. They will also display the new materials that will be placed in the 2010 time capsule which will be buried on Saturday.
An IBC sanctioned barbecue cookoff contest will begin with teams checking in at 2 p.m. If you would like to participate in the cook-off please contact Butch Roecker at (361) 438-0026.
The festivities will finish Friday evening with a dance under the pavilion at the Bishop City Park. The dance is free and will feature Cadillac Overdrive from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, the fesitivities will continue with the Pioneer Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. under the pavilion. This event will include cowboy band "The Rough Riders," cooking demonstrations from an authentic 1910 Chuck Wagon, saddle blanket weaving demonstrations and re-enactments from the trail. The cost of the tickets will be $7 and will include choice of two breakfast tacos, coffee/juice and fruit.
Commemorative Centennial Aprons will be available for purchase and can be branded with the official Centennial brand at the Pioneer Breakfast. The branding is for a limited time only.
The 5K run/2 mile walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. Cost of the run is $20 for adults, $15 for children.
The Centennial Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.
At noon, NAS Kingsville will perform a fly over and the Little League games will begin.
Vendors will sell a variety of items including food, drinks, clothing, etc. There will be an antique tractor display, a car club display and more. There will also be children's activities all day in the park from approximately noon through 8 p.m.
All afternoon and evening there will be free entertainment under the pavilion including live music from Latin Vibe, John D. Hale band, Ryan Beaver band, and the Rob Baird band. The new time capsule will be buried late in the afternoon.
A fireworks show will begin at 9:30 p.m. and will be shot up over the lake in the park.
On Sunday, organizers are encouraging a Centennial Celebration observance of 100 years of religious heritage in all Bishop churches. The observance may include covered dish lunches, picnics and fellowship.
For more information and for a complete schedule, visit www.bishoptx100.org.
Souvenirs and tickets may also be purchased through the Web site.