Providence celebrates its heritage

Providence City Councilman John Russell is excited for Celebrate Providence 2012.

“It’s an opportunity for folks to get out and enjoy one another’s company, to celebrate the heritage of the city,” he said.

A fun run and 5k kick off Saturday’s celebration, the sixth of its kind. Participation costs $5, with the 5k starting at 8 a.m. and the one-mile fun run for kids starting at 9 a.m. Registration starts at 7 a.m.

At 11 a.m., motorcyclists will show off their bike in a parade, followed by a kids bike parade at 1 p.m. Logan City Bike Police will lead the kids parade, and participants are invited to decorate their wheels. Strollers are also welcome in the parade.

Providence Youth Council is putting on a carnival from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants can pay to play each game at the carnival individually or an all-day pass costs $5. The games are aimed at young children, but in the past the carnival has had games for older kids such as rock climbing.

The highlight of the celebration, a baseball game featuring the Providence Wolverines, starts at 4 p.m. Former mayor Alma Leonhardt will throw the game’s first pitch.

Lilium Group will play a free concert in the park at 7 p.m., and around 8:45 p.m. event coordinators will play the movie “The Zookeeper.”

All of Saturday’s events take place at Zollinger Park. Vendors will be there to sell crafts and food.

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