GIRARD — It’s all about community and history.

The celebration begins with a ribbon cutting for the Sesquicentennial Barn Quilt Mural at 11 a.m., Thursday, at the Girard Area Chamber of Commerce.

The “quilt” was created by a few community members who painted each square with historical elements, which were then pulled together into one big mural to hang on the side of the chamber building for all to see.

The idea, Girard Area of Chamber Executive Director Julie Smith said, came from Janet Duncan a Girard community member.  

“We encouraged her to bring it all on,” Smith said. “It’s more than just a mural, it’s something to remember the sesquicentennial.”

Smith said Kansas State Senator Richard Hilderbrand (R-Baxter Springs) will be at the event to give a senatorial proclamation for the community.

The ribbon cutting kicks-off Thursdays on the Square which happens on the second Thursday of the month from June to August at the town square. At 5 p.m., the first Thursdays on the Square of the year will begin.

“Ron Gate came up with it years back and we’ve grown the event every year,” Smith said.

In addition to the food trucks and vendors, there will be live music at the gazebo from 7 to 9 p.m.

With Girard’s year-long 150th birthday celebration going on, the Sesquicentennial Committee plans to add an artwalk to the event.  Inside the Civic Center, there will be a quilt show as part of the art walk.

Celebrations will continue on Friday with the Fallen Trojans Golf Tournament, tee time is at 12:30 p.m. and on Saturday the 12th Annual Craig Crespino Golf Tournament three man scramble will begin at 8:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Girard High School there will be a documentary presentation called “Girard’s History Documentary at the Shireman Performance Center, produced by Ron Gates who combined history and recent events to share with the community.

The Raymond Community Home Ice Cream Social will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. There will be free ice cream and an open house of the historic facility, Smith said.

From 1 to 3 p.m. people can learn the history of Girard on a Girard History Bus Tour hosted by the Friends of Historic Girard. The bus will stop at 1 p.m. at the deer on the town square.

To wrap up the weekend of celebration, a Girard High School alumni dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. at the high school. A program will follow dinner at 6:30 p.m. and after dinner people can dance the night away at the Pink Pickle, which will feature music from the Dirty Saints from Springfield, Missouri.

For more information people can contact Smith at 620-724-4715.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.