Ulysses is gearing up to celebrate its sesquicentennial — 150th year — on Saturday, Sept. 21.
The event has something in store for everyone: pie throwing contest, sidewalk chalk contest, rabbit bingo, hula hoop contest, balloon darts, water balloon toss, ring toss, corn hole contest, men’s tug of war, pet parade, children’s parade, Miss Ulysses and Jr. Miss Ulysses, pie walk, pie baking contest (pumpkin or apple, winners will be based on texture, flavor and overall appearance), best beard contest (best groomed, longest beard, most creative), best homemade apron contest (judged on stitching quality and best design), bicycle parade, best era dress for men, women and children.
The day will kick off on Main Street at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony.
Pet parade registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. and the children’s parade (birth to 10 years old) registration will begin at 9:45 a.m.
The Miss Ulysses and Jr. Miss Ulysses and court will be announced at 10:15 a.m.
Pie walk circle decorating will start at 10:30 a.m., with a pie walk at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
The homemade pie baking contest will be at 11 a.m., followed by the best beard contest at 11:30 a.m. The best era apron contest will be at 11:45 a.m.
At noon, the bicycle parade registration will begin at the Free Methodist Church. The parade will follow on Main Street.
The citizen of the year will be announced at 1 p.m. The parade participants will also begin lining up at this time at the doctor’s office on Academy Street.
The main parade will begin at 2 p.m. and awards will be given for bands, floats, fire company (best appearing apparatus, best appearing department, further traveled and oldest in service), best appearing motorcycle, best appearing tractor and horses.
Winners from the day’s events will be announced at 4 p.m.
A car show will also be on display from 5-8 p.m. at the Northern Potter east parking lot with awards given for first, second and third place.
A band will be playing from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Northern Potter School with fireworks at dark.