PLAINVILLE — Cooling off with a water slide, listening to historic music or looking through artifacts from the town’s history, hundreds of residents attended the 150th anniversary celebration of Plainville’s incorporation.
“I hope they walk away with a happy experience, a sense of history of Plainville and pride in their community,” said Benjamin Gediman, chairperson of the committee that organized the event.
The event, held July 21, had a mix of entertainment, including music from Nzinga’s Daughters, the Plainville Senior Center Ukulele Group and the Old Tyme Fiddlers, all combined with educational activities, such as presentations by the Plainville Historic Society.
The committee had also worked with the Plainville Historic Society to arrange guided tours of the town by bus and on foot on July 20, however canceled them due to the heat. Society Vice-President Rose Stanley hopes the tours will be held in the fall.
Three race cars that once flew around Plainville Stadium, where Connecticut Commons now stands, were included in an exhibit on the racetrack, which hosted matches every Saturday during the warmer parts of the year. Old photos from the scrapbooks of other racers and their families were also on display.
Resident Mark Sanders said he perked up after seeing one of Moon’s cars, Number 9, recalling that it was one of the fastest he had ever seen at the stadium and sounded like a bumblebee when it passed by. While he was too young to race before the track closed in 1980, he went weekly to watch four of his uncles compete.
Sanders called it “pure joy hanging out with your family and rooting on your uncles.”
Retired fire chief David Laurie also created a display on the Plainville Fire Department’s 135 years of operation, with images of some of the well-known apparatus the department has relied on over the years and some of the most difficult fires they put out.
A proclamation from Representative Jahana Hayes recognized Plainville as the crossroads of the state’s industry and said it’s played an important part in the growth of Connecticut.
State Rep. William Petit Jr. delivered a proclamation on behalf of himself and State Senator Henri Martin and said the celebration showed what makes Plainville special.
“This is what Plainville’s all about. It’s a small town,” with a lot of volunteers and giving, he said.