Contributed by Bethany Buckingham
Wasilla Centennial Kick-Off Celebration
1/7/2016 – All Day
City of Wasilla
Wasilla is celebrating 100 years in 2017 and it starts with a Centennial Kick-off Celebration on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Enjoy a free family skate at the Menard from 11am-2pm. Participate in the Centennial Bake-off Competition and be named Wasilla’s Best Desserts. Competition includes categories in pies, cakes and cookies. Each category hosts two divisions: youth ages 12 and under and adults ages 13 and over. Drop off submission begins at 10:00am at the Menard. Judging starts at 12:30pm and ribbons will be awarded at 1:00pm.
Then come back to the Menard that night from 7:00pm–10:00pm for an evening of memories, good food, good music, good company and good times. Come honor those in our community who have seen Wasilla through the years. Tickets are $10 per person and are available for purchase at the Dorothy G. Page Museum, Glenda’s Hair Salon and Wasilla Chiropractic. Tickets are limited so get yours today.
More events will continue each month throughout the year as we highlight new exhibits at the Museum, a fat tire bike race, Centennial 4th of July Parade and Mayor’s Picnic, Centennial Old Town Autumn Fest and Centennial Time Capsule just to name a few. Visit our website at www.cityofwasilla.com/centennial for continuing information. Or join us on Facebook at facebook.com/wasillacentennial. Post your photos of Wasilla, share memories and stories of Wasilla and help us tell Wasilla’s story. The Dorothy G. Page Museum is accepting loans or donations of photographs and objects for our changing exhibits on Wasilla history throughout the year. Contact us at 907-373-9071 for more information.
Keep up to date on the all the happenings, check out the City of Wasilla App. Available for android and iphone, you can download the app for free. Through this app you'll learn the history of the city of Wasilla, from the humble beginnings in 1917 to the present day. Plus keep up to date with our centennial celebration and city events and news. You'll also find departments, resources, photos, maps with GPS and more in the app.
Thank you to our current Centennial Sponsors: City of Wasilla, MEA, MTA, Wasilla Chiropractic, Glenda’s Hair Salon, Aurora Mobile Apps, Q99.7, the Frontiersman. Would you like to sponsor? Visit our website to find out more information on sponsorship.
Wasilla is the crossroads of Alaska. Founded in 1917, Wasilla began at the crossing of the Carle Wagon Road and the newly established rail road tracks. Early on it was a railroad depot and supply town for the gold mines in Hatcher Pass. As the years passed, it continued to prosper as a supply and recreation area for the miners as well as serving as the trade and transportation center of the area. The area was good for farming, fishing and hunting and enjoying all Alaska’s splendor. Located in the heart of the Matanuska Susitna Valley, Wasilla still thrives as an economic supply center for the modern Alaskan and adventurer.
One hundred years has seen a lot of changes in Wasilla. Throughout the area you can see traces of our history in buildings, the people and the landscape. Take a walk through historic downtown Wasilla, visit the museums and meet the local celebrities. Enjoy the many amenities and experiences provided to locals and visitors alike.
Come Discover Your Adventure in Historic Wasilla!