Thursday February 1st @ 7pm in The Happy Hour lower level. Items on the agenda include the Legacy Night activities and finalizing the 175th schedule of activities. A huge crowd of 75 attended the January meeting to contribute to the discussions and help plan! Please join us! Our March meeting will be Thursday, March 1.

Most noteworthy new business discussed included an updated festival grounds map with proposed adjustments to the location of the stage, minor movement of food stands, and the creation of a kids’ fun zone in the grassy area east of the Cemetery near the Pieta statue. Other topics included offers from area antique equipment groups to display more equipment and offer demonstrations. The soccer field has been earmarked for the tractor display. The group approved hiring several hot air balloons to give tethered rides on Saturday, and a night glow balloon flight over the fest. 

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Sunday, February 11: “Celebrating 175 Years of Our Churches.” The time capsule, buried 25 years ago just off the church carport, will be opened after the 8am Mass. The contents will be displayed that evening at the Legacy Night from 6:30pm till 8:30pm. We will begin in St. Celestine Church and hear the stories of the four church buildings of St. Celestine. Fr. Bilger’s journal also gives the histories of St. Anthony, Sacred Heart, and St. Raphael churches that were established from the mother church of St. Celestine. We will give the stories of four paintings that are part of the history of the church. We will end in the Church Hall with fellowship and displays. Information, flyers, and sign-up sheets will be available (volunteer sign up, raffle tickets, merchandise, etc.). Please join us for a fun night of legacy stories of 175 years. Mark your calendars for other Legacy Nights on Sunday, April 22, & Wednesday, October 3. We are in need of homemade cookies for the Feb 11th Legacy Night! 

April 8 from 1 to 4pm at the Dubois County Museum “Celestine 175 Years." $5 Adults; $3 High School age; $2 Middle School, & Elementary age; 4 and under free. Contact Kathy Bachman 812-482-2074 or Iris Gadlage 812-389-2328 for more details or to volunteer. Exhibits will tell the history of Celestine. 

Nominations are open for the Celestine 175 Grand Marshal! This can be an individual, a couple, or a family. Please get nominations in by April 1. Additionally, we want to recognize the Oldest Celestine Residents and Longest Married Couple. Names may be submitted on the Grand Marshall Nomination form. Copies of the form are available at Fest meetings, at the carport entrance of St. Celestine Church, on Celestine Indiana Facebook, and on CelestineIndiana.com 

All boys and girls ages 5-9, junior girls 10-14, and young ladies 15-19 (ages as of June 24, 2018) living in the community of Celestine are invited to participate in Celestine’s 175th Celebration Pageants to be held on Sunday, June 24th. This is a fabulous opportunity to build confidence and friendships. Applications and more information will be available starting March 24th. Contact Ashley Seger at ashley.seger25@gmail.com if you have any questions. Minimal entry fee. 

Any senior man or woman who is 75 or older from the community of Celestine is eligible. Nominations will be accepted from February 1 to March 31 by Alicia or Janice Betz,7721 E 100 S, Schnellville, IN 47580. You can drop them in the Church collection marked Senior King and Queen Contest, turned in at a Celestine 175th meeting, or emailed to jbetz@evdio.org. The winner will be selected with $1 votes from the public, beginning in early April. Voting slips can be obtained at the entrances of St. Celestine Church, from the parish office, at Annette’s Hair Design by Annette Tuell, and at several events leading up to the celebration in June. 

Tickets are now available for the Celestine 175 cash raffle. Grand prize will be $5000 with another $5000 available in 14 other smaller amounts. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for 5 tickets! License #146092. They are available at all Fest planning meetings (1st Thurs of the month), at all 175th events or by contacting Denise Buechler at dmbuechler@gmail.com or @CelestineIndiana on Facebook.

Work is in full motion to bring ideas to life for our 175th Celebration event. We recognize that many people in the community support the efforts for this event in many ways. Putting on an event like this does take the efforts of many and we are thankful for that involvement and support. It also takes money to be able to have a variety of entertainment to make the celebration vibrant for a diverse audience. Therefore, we have reached out to nearly 115 regional and local organizations to request sponsorship support. We have established five different sponsorship levels, with the top two targeted to larger organizations which might participate if they have a token or memento to give to employees as a result of the sponsorship. 

Given this is a milestone year, we have heard that many families would like the opportunity to contribute as a sponsor. As such, we share the following sponsorship levels and welcome participation at any level (recognizing the “giveaways” are really oriented to the corporate sponsors). If you are interested in being a personal or corporate sponsor at any of the donation levels, please contact Joyce Hulsman at (812) 639-9441 or joycehulsman@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance for any and all support! 
* Diamond Sponsor…$1,000.00+ - 8 meal tickets / 8 t-shirts (2 XL, 2 L, 2 M, 2 S) / 8 bracelets for kids’ inflatables
* Platinum Sponsor…$500.00 - 4 meal tickets / 4 t-shirts (1 XL, 2 L, 1M) / 4 bracelets for kids’ inflatables * Gold Sponsor..$250.00. 
* Silver Sponsor ..$100.00. 
* Bronze Sponsor..$50.00

Reports are needed about the tornado and other major events in the past 25 years. If you still want to include your historical family farm or a business in the community, it is time to get those in. Please contact Clara Fromme at (812) 639-9327 or email cfromme@fullnet.com. Order forms will be available for this history book, the 1993 history book, and the new “Beyond the Calendar” photo book on Legacy Night. 

An event of this size needs the help of EVERYONE who is able to help. You can state your preference by filling out the form at www.celestineindiana.com/volunteer-sign-up. You will also be able to sign up at the February Legacy Night.

The recent first meeting for the BOTB was a huge gathering with over 100 people in attendance. Currently 115 have registered. It is NOT too late to participate - - contact Todd Goepfrich at 812-631-0848 or Jeff Sander 812-631-4289 to pay your $10 registration fee and show them you are clean shaven. Additionally, you can order a BOTB T-shirt for $10. The BOTB will optionally meet monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the Celestine Community Club. The next meeting is Feb 7. Prizes will be award for four categories: best groomed, bushiest, longest, and most unique. 

Plans are in progress in our Sister City of Wagshurst for 19 German guests to be with us for our 175th celebration. Thanks to those who have already responded, we may have enough host families. However, if anyone else is still considering offering to host several German guests, or if you have already offered and didn't hear back, please contact Dorothy Rasche. It would be good to have a few additional potential host families available. If you'd like to help in any way, please contact dorothy.rasche@alumni.iu.edu or 812-678-3001. 

If you are willing to bartend a shift at the fest and have your license, or are willing to get your license, please contact Ryan Hasenour at 812-630-4210. 

We are in need of several Facebook-loving people to assist with administrating the Celestine Facebook page. You would help with posting updates, responding to comments/messages, posting pictures, etc., to keep the page active. The weekend of the 175th there will be tons of things going on, and we will need several people to keep the updates flowing! Please contact the Celestine IN Facebook page, Tony Buechler, or email info@celestineindiana.com.

It is a huge help to the community if, when you see the Celestine, Indiana, postings on Facebook, you would "like" them and share them with info@celestineindiana.com your friends. The more people who do that, the more people Facebook shows the update! 

Leading up to the 175th, we want to post historical photos of people and places in the Celestine area. If you have something like that, snap a picture of it and post it to Facebook and message us about it or email it to us at info@celestineindiana.com. The Church is especially interested in displaying older pictures of Celestine and St. Celestine churches during the Legacy Night, and they will be carefully protected! 

An informational meeting will be on February 22nd at 6:30pm at the Celestine Community Club. We are in need of people who can sew dresses or have yesteryear dresses to sell. If you have any local contacts, please share them. The categories will be Little Tikes Ages 0-7, Lads & Lassies Ages 8-15, Worker's Attire, Sunday Best, and Family Album. Start preparing your outfits today! Contact Breanne Hasenour at 812-639-0412 or Kara Glendening at 812-639-4567. 

Free to enter! Adult Categories (age 15+) include Yeast Bread & Rolls, Cakes & Cupcakes, Cookies & Bars, and Pies. Kids’ Categories (ages 3-14) include Cakes & Cupcakes, Cookies & Bars. Entries must be made from scratch and include a short description (i.e. brownies with nuts). Judging will be based on appearance, flavor, and texture. All entries are to be turned in at the Celestine Elementary kitchen on Wednesday, June 27, between 5 and 8pm. Questions? Call Helen Beyke at (812) 678-2434. CRAFT FAIR - Event to be held on Saturday, June 30th only! We are currently seeking vendors of handmade crafts, food, jewelry, paintings, etc. Showcase your talents at this one day, crowd-filled event! Details are being finalized. If interested, contact Dawn Schaefer for more information. Cell: 812.639.1048 or Email: dawnrenee_1976@yahoo.com.

The Celestine 175th is in need of volunteer photographers to document all events of our 175th and to deliver their pictures and video to our social media team. With so many events, we need several photographers! If you are interested and have professional camera gear and a little experience, email us at info@celestineindiana.com or contact Tony Buechler or Chad Schnell. 

We have dozens of activities, events, demonstrations, and two parades during the week of our celebration. Friday’s headline entertainment includes the top national AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds USA, Evansville singer/songwriter Troy Miller, and local singer/songwriter Bobby Reutman. Saturday features the Cincinnati Circus Company with three shows, Party DJ'ing by Boogie Tunes, and the local rock band Fire & Ice.

Items available include glassware, apparel, hats, Christmas ornaments and more! Preorders for bunting, bows, vests, and suspenders are also being accepted. Items area available for purchase by calling Joan Steffe at 812-482-6051. View the complete selection at www.celestineindiana.com.