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Details coming together for 350th celebration event in January

The first event of Stafford County’s yearlong 350th anniversary celebration includes an ice rink, a “live” history timeline and Elvis.

Stafford’s 350th planning committee and the Lions Club will “throw the party of the centuries” on Jan. 4 at Stafford Marketplace. “Celebrate Stafford 350″ will be held outside, in the Target parking lot, and activities will be free. Vendors will be selling food.

Events include:

  • A temporary skating rink will be open all day, at no charge. Skates will be provided for free.
  • Community organizations will showcase artifacts in a history tent.
  • The Patawomeck Tribe will give talks.
  • A “live history timeline” will feature elementary school students who represent specific historical periods.
  • Local schools will participate in a time capsule ceremony. The cylinders will be reopened at Stafford’s 400th anniversary–in 2064.
  • A talent show will follow the history programs.

Music will be presented by the Fabulous Hubcaps, a rock oldies band, and Elvis (aka Michael Hoover).

A Founders Day parade is being planned for May 3, organized by the North Stafford Rotary Club. Bands from the county’s five high schools will participate and represent different historical periods.

Learn more about the plans for the anniversary celebration at

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