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It’s hard to believe that Bowling Green is celebrating its 200th birthday!  To help commemorate this milestone, the City is planning a series of events September 18 through the 22nd.  Founded in 1798 and incorporated in 1812, Bowing Green has been blessed with opportunity, growth, great citizens and strong leaders. 

Our goal during this celebration week is to involve as many residents as we can to celebrate with us and learn more about our great City and our history.  Read on for an outline of events we have lined up!

Already in progress: 

In celebration of Bowling Green’s bicentennial, the City is sponsoring a “Why I love Bowling Green” writing contest. Students may create a poem, narrative, or essay. Only one piece of writing from a student may be submitted.

This free contest is open to Bowling Green and Warren County students who are in grades 5th through 8th for the 2012/2013 school year. The deadline for submission of writings is Monday, September 3, 2012.

One overall winner will receive a $300 cash prize at the September 21, 2012 Bicentennial Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. at City Hall. Second and third place will receive $150 and $50 respectively. In addition, each of the first, second and third place winners will receive a certificate commemorating the award.

For more details on the writing contest, log onto www.bgky.org

September 18:

Join us at the City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall for the kick-off of our bi-centennial week where Mayor Bruce Wilkerson will read and sign our proclamation.

September 19:

Stay tuned to Sam 100.7 to learn about Bowling Green’s history and win free tickets to tour the L&N Depot, KY Museum and Lost River Cave.  Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to win tickets and learn about Bowling Green.

September 20:

Stay tuned to WuHu 107.1 to learn about Bowling Green’s history and win free tickets to tour the L&N Depot, KY Museum and Lost River Cave.  Also, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to win tickets and learn about Bowling Green.

September 21:

Join us from 4 to 6 p.m. at City Hall for an Open House with City staff, elected officials, and the public where we will be serving H’orderves and punch, and we will announce the winners of the writing contest.

September 22:

To end our bi-centennial celebration week, the City of Bowling Green will host a family friendly event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Circus Square Park.  This event will be free and open to the public and will include a live performance from the band Blue Light Special, inflatables for kids, a large bungee trampoline, balloon animals, face painting, food vendors and more.

For more information about any of our bi-centennial events, please contact Kim Lancaster at 270-393-3642 or kim.lancaster@bgky.org.

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