State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) joined the Ashland community today for the kick-off of the bicentennial-themed Annual Ashland Summer Celebration event held in the city's historic downtown. During the event's opening ceremonies, Mayor Glenn Stewart accepted a resolution presented by Senator Obhof on behalf of the Ohio Senate, officially recognizing the city's 200th Anniversary.
"Despite the rain, it is a bright day for this wonderful city as we gather to celebrate another milestone and look ahead to a prosperous future for the Ashland community," said Obhof. "I'd like to thank Mayor Stewart, the Ashland city council and the event organizers whose commitment and determination made this celebration possible."
Early afternoon rain showers did not prevent area residents from coming out for the celebration kick-off. Events include historical reenactments, fun kids activities, festival food and a concert featuring local musicians.
William Montgomery is credited with the founding of Ashland in 1815. At that time, cabins were strung along both sides of the street, housing less than fifteen families. The city has continued to grow and prosper over the years. The bicentennial is a time to celebrate Ashland's founding and to recognize early settlers who endured hardships and uncertainties to make the opportunities of our time possible.
A complete schedule of Ashland bicentennial events is available online at www.Ashland200.com.