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Medina bicentennial celebration concludes with the big 2-0-0

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MEDINA — The final bicentennial celebration ended in a big number. More than 250 people formed “200” on Broadway Street in front of the Medina County Courthouse. The event was captured by a parks employee-turned-photographer for generations to come.

Thad Conkey rode a cherry picker about 60 feet in the air to capture the moment.

Residents filled the banquet hall at United Church of Christ, Congregational, 217 E. Liberty St., for cake, pizza and fellowship.

Bicentennial chairman Roger Smalley told everyone to “eat, drink and be merry.” Those in attendance even sang “Happy Birthday” to Medina, which was formed in 1818.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the bicentennial project started in 2014.

“We started planning events, which culminated (Friday).”

Smalley said there were more than 30 bicentennial events.

Hanwell asked the large crowd to thank the bicentennial committee for its hard work. The audience gave it a standing ovation.

Among those in the crowd were Medina Councilmen Paul Rose, Dennie Simpson and Eric Heffinger and Finance Director Keith Dirham.

Contact Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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