Join the Centralia community in honoring the life and legacy of the town's founder, George Washington, in a celebration honoring 200 years since his birthday!
Washington was a true pioneer in every sense of the word, as an African-American man in a racially divided America who platted the town of Centerville and later became its benefactor during a crippling economic depression. Well-loved by the community, George Washington's legacy is being remembered in this series of celebrations that kick off a year of honoring Washington throughout Centralia.
The events of August 12-13 are as follows:
Fun Run/Walk 5K — Come join this fun run/walk which begins at 8 a.m. and will take everyone around the boundaries of the 640-acre homestead platted by Washington. Cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt and wristband. All proceeds from the event go toward the crafting of a statue that will be dedicated in 2018. To register, sign up here.
Bicentennial Celebration — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a packed schedule of events including live music, kids' games, a coloring contest, wheelbarrow race, money scramble and more. This is free and open to the public; it will be held at George Washington Park. For more information, check out the Facebook event.
Pioneer-Style Church Service — From 2-3 p.m., join a gathering of many churches from throughout Centralia in George Washington Park as they honor the birthday of the man who founded the city and his faith. This is also open to all for free; for more information visit the event's Facebook page.