JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
GRANITE SHOALS — Even though the event is still almost a year away, the Granite Shoals City Council and city administrators have begun talking about festivities to celebrate the city’s Golden Anniversary.
Staff and council members talked during a special meeting July 21 about forming a committee of residents to plan the 50th anniversary celebration, which will be in May 2016.
City Manager Ken Nickel said he hopes to have a committee that represents the diversity of the city, including work experience, nationalities and skills.
“We’re going to look for citizens of Granite Shoals who would love to work on the committee,” he said. “Anyone is invited to be on the committee. I think the citizens should be the drivers behind the 50th celebration.”
He has plenty of ideas that revolve around what citizens are already doing such as having cook-offs for barbecue, Mexican food and other cuisine; letting people who play instruments or are skilled dancers can entertain their neighbors; and providing burgers and hot dogs to attendees.
He attended a similar event while on vacation in Colorado earlier this month that included a parade and food vendors raising money for church summer camps and mission trips.
The city manager envisions outdoor activities such as horseshoe and washer contests, a volleyball tournament and even water balloon fights.
He also wants to have an area that highlights the city’s proud history with photos and stories of yesteryear and plans to include the town’s churches and Highland Lakes Elementary School students.
Nickel wants to spend money activities that allow residents to strengthen friendships and create new ones, so he would rather not have fireworks.
“I’m not looking to spend a lot of money,” he said. “I’m trying to keep it fairly reasonable and allow people to enjoy each other.”
The city manager has plenty of ideas and is open to others. Now, he hopes to have citizens who want to participate on the committee to host a tremendous celebration.
“We’re not the richest community around,” he said, “but I think we’re rich in caring for each other.”
Email Nickel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.