The 100th birthday of Melba will be celebrated throughout the year. Listed below are some of the events you might want to participate in:
January 21 - Melba Community Auction – The auction has been one of the lasting traditions of this community. The day is filled with great food, generous people and some amazing bargains. Don’t miss your chance to get the first centennial t-shirt and lots of other unique items.
March 17 - St. Patricks Day Celebration - Come for a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage feed at the Catholic Church.
March 30 - Deadline for submitting recipes for the centennial cookbook - You will want your recipe included in this special cookbook celebrating 100 years of great cooking. Check the website for submission details.
April 8 - Fireman’s Easter Breakfast – For more than 35 years the volunteer Fire Department has been cooking up eggs, sausage, bacon and pancakes for the community. The proceeds are used for the burn-out fund for families in Melba. Breakfast is served from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m.
April - Essay Contest - Elementary Students are invited to submit an essay based on events in Melba’s history or Idaho’s colorful history.
April 28 - Clean up Day – Families and organizations are invited to join the community in cleaning up the town. Teams are sent to spruce up homes and city property, haul off trash and tackle some major projects throughout Melba. A $100 prize is awarded to the organization with the most participation.
May 28 - Memorial Day Tribute at Cemetery – Citizens are invited to join at the Melba Cemetery Memorial to pay tribute to those who have given their lives for our freedom and those who serve every day to keep our country safe.
June 9 - Paint the Town – Organizations will paint homes for the elderly and disabled citizens. If you are interested in applying for help applications are available on the centennial website.
July 4 - Olde Tyme Fourth of July - The community sponsors a truly American Celebration for Independence Day. Thousands flock to the small city of Melba to participate in the parade, play games at the carnival, ride the artificial bucking bull or a real pony, shop at the craft show and are treated to the best fireworks in the country! For more information go to melba4thofjuly.com.
August 17-19 - Birthday Party – The weekend will be filled with activities to celebrate Melba’s 100th birthday. Friday night kicks off the party with an ice cream social in the city park. Come and enjoy birthday cake, ice cream and fun entertainment.
Saturday begins with a pancake breakfast and offers a full day of activities. Spend the day at the farmers market, watch or play in a baseball game, take a walking historical tour, enjoy a hot dog lunch, and check out the displays in historical sites throughout the city. Visit the art and quilt show and take a minute to put some stitches in the community centennial quilt. That night enjoy the community picnic followed by a community street dance.
Sunday will bring a finish to the party with a closing ceremony and dedication of Centennial Park.
September - Heritage Day at Melba School District – Elementary students will be transported back in time to a pioneer school complete with Guffy readers and strict school marms. They will learn some important skills from a 1912 perspective.
September 28 - Melba High School Homecoming – The school will host a traditional Homecoming at the football game against Cole Valley. They will pay tribute to past State football teams and Homecoming Queens.
November 3 - Holiday Bazaar – Come and kick-off your holiday season with the community. This day is known for its great chicken and noodles and homemade pies. You can shop the booths for beautiful crafts and enjoy music and friendship.
November 9 - Veterans Day Commemoration – Veterans and their families are invited to a program at the high school honoring their service to the country. Students present a moving patriotic tribute to those who serve.
November 20 - Rake-up Melba – Students from the school take the day to rake up leaves at homes throughout the city. Citizens may request that a group help prepare their yard for winter by calling Melba High School.
December 5 - Christmas in Melba – Beginning at 7:00 p.m. Randolph Street will be filled with music and stories, Santa and kids. Families can stroll down the street, view a live nativity and enjoy refreshments until 7:45 when the city Christmas Tree will be lit. Your only cost is a non-perishable item for the Senior Center Food Pantry.
The weekend of the Centennial Birthday Party a time capsule will be buried. If you have a suggestion or donation for the time capsule, please contact Noni Stapleton at Melba City Hall.
Have you been geocacheing before? In honor of the centennial the City of Melba is sponsoring a geocache. This adventure will take you to the top 10 historical spots in Melba’s history. Log on to geocaching.com and use Melba as your search item – The historical search is called ‘Melba’s Centennial’. Come and find out what’s out there!
Check out our Melba Centennial website at cityofmelba.com/centennial. Details of events, applications and many links will be available there.
Watch the Kuna Melba News for more information on these events.
Are you excited about this historic celebration? How can you get involved? Here are some suggestions:
• Mark your calendar so you can attend each event
• Attend the monthly meeting at Melba City Hall
• Volunteer at your favorite event – contact Noni Stapleton at email@example.com
• Sponsor an event
• Donate much needed funds
• Submit pictures or stories from the past 100 years.
• Check the website for important information and links to activities
• Follow the facebook page at Melba Centennial Celebration 2012
• Invite your friends and families to schedule their family reunions or class reunions the weekend of August 17, 2012