Bicentennial Celebration June 27th to July 1st

Come to Bowling Green and Celebrate our 200 year anniversary!  Below is a schedule of events that are planned.  You can find additional information on the BG Bicentennial Website


Currently Planned Bowling Green Bicentennial Schedule of Events

(May 20,2023)

Bring your lawn chairs and join the fun!

(In case of rain activities that can be held indoors will be held at the BGHS Auditorium)

Tuesday, June 27

6:30 pm- Princess Contest (ages 14-18) and Queen Contest (ages 19-90) – at the BGHS Auditorium

First Night of signing of the attendance banner begins (with room for 3000 signatures!)

Wednesday, June 28

Ministerial Alliance Church Night at the performance tent

                                                           6-7 pm  Children Activities/Baking Contest

                                                          7-8 pm  Community Church Service

​​​​​8 to Dusk-  Children Activities and Family Fellowship

Thursday, June 29

5:00- 9:00 pm- Art Show for children, adults and professionals (Inside the Courthouse)

5:30- 7:30 pm- Dog Show (outside of the performance tent at the Courthouse)

7:30(?)- 8:30 pm- Brothers of the Brush beard display and competition (following the dog show- at the performance tent)

Friday, June 30

1:00- 3:00 pm- Community Band Rehearsal in BGHS Band Room

3:00- 5:00 pm- Community Choir Rehearsal in BGHS Choir Room

6:00- 9:00 pm- Two Scoops Ice Cream Social next to the Performance Tent

6:30- 7:00 pm- Community Choir Concert at the Performance Tent

7:00- 7:05 pm- Bowling Green Combined Choirs sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

7:10- 7:40 pm- Community Band Concert

Saturday, July 1

7:00 am- Fun Run/Walk- Downtown to the park with the route to be announced

8:00 am- Food and commercial vendors set up Booths on the square

8:00 am- Parade line up on 7th Street next to Bowling Green High School parking lot

9:00 am- Parade-Adams-to Court- to West Centennial and Return to 7th Street

10:00- 10:20- Opening Ceremony at Performance Tent – Commissioners Raise 24 Star flag presented by DAR, VFW Rifle Salute, Taps with double eco, Hamilton Family, 3 Short BasyeSpeeches, by decendents Marjetta Hurd-Adkison, Mike Basye, and Josh Basye.

10:00  Booths Open, Boland Chevrolet 1973 and older Car and  Truck Show Registration and Opening- (Corner of Church and N. Court St)

   Quilt Show Opens- 2nd Baptist Church, Horseshoe Tournament- Ten- 2 person teams, (Corner of Champ Clark and Court St.- Preregisteration Required) Corn Hole Tournament-(North Side Pavement of the Courthouse), FFA Petting Zoo -(North East Side of the Courthouse.) Opening of the Antique Tractor Show Until 4:00 pm on the East Side Community State Bank parking lot

10:00 am– 5:00 pm- Cooling center and Ambulance First Aid- outside Phoenix Lodge- (South behind the Square on Court Street)

12:00- Black Powder demonstration. ( Up close, Question and answer session- Performance Tent)

1:00- 4:00 Opening of Historic Sites- Genealogy Center, Basye Cabin, Honeyshuck Home, at their locations -(People mover transportation available on Main Cross Street across from the post office)

1:00- 3:00 Folk Instrument demonstrations (Up close questions and answers) Performance Tent- Demonstrators: Judy Schmidt, Angela Maier, Dustin Hamilton, Jim Erickson, and guest artists, Starla Watts Queen and Scotty.

3:00- Howard Street Dance Group demonstrating their year end competition routines- Performance Tent

4:00- Starla and Scotty- Variety Music Show. Starla is a hometown favorite along with her partner Scotty, they are renown Lake of the Ozarks Performers.

5:00 pm to the end of the festival:  Missouri National Guard Ensembles and Band, along with guest Trombone soloist Dr. Matt Frederickson.  Followed by retiring of the colors, rolling thunder black powder salute, John Parcell Jr. Taps and a children, parents and community 1770 piece memorial John W. Basye Sparkler Show.