The City of Oldsmar will wrap up the yearlong celebration of its centennial anniversary with Celebrate Oldsmar! next weekend and a star-studded rock concert October 1 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Oldsmar will host two more special events tied into the city’s yearlong centennial celebration-Celebrate Oldsmar! at R.E. Olds Park on Sept. 2-3, and a star-studded rock concert at Tampa Bay Downs on Oct. 1. (Credit: City of Oldsmar)
File this under sad-but-true: with only two big events left on Oldsmar’s centennial calendar, the city’s yearlong celebration of its 100th birthday is almost over.
But before you get those “end of the first century” blues, rest assured the city and the centennial committee has some special things in store before closing the door on the first 100 years.
First, Celebrate Oldsmar! kicks off on Friday, Sept. 2, with live music, fireworks, classic car shows and more over the course of the two-day event.
“Celebrate Oldsmar!, with fireworks both nights, that’s coming up Friday, September 2, at six to ten p.m., also Saturday, September 3, noon to ten at R.E. Olds Park,” Mayor Doug Bevis said during the August 16 City Council meeting.
Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis.
“Free parking and admission, Radio Crime Friday night, Feeling Groovy and the Superstars Saturday, food, drinks, carnival rides, centennial items available for purchase.”
The mayor also noted that the rescheduled Oldsmar Centennial Parade will take place during Celebrate Oldsmar! on Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m.
Four weekends later, the centennial festivities will conclude with a loud bang with a star-studded concert featuring some true legends of rock on Saturday, October 1 at Tampa Bay Downs.
The show, which is scheduled to feature members of Journey, Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas and more, cost $50,000 to produce and is expected to draw a large crowd to the Racetrack Road racetrack.
Oldsmar’s Centennial Concert is set for Saturday, Oct. 1 at Tampa Bay Downs. (Credit: Oldsmar100)
“I want to mention that our Centennial Concert on October 1, the first row of the suites are sold out,” Council member and Oldsmar100 chair Dan Saracki said at the end of the August 16 meeting regarding the VIP tickets for the show.
“We have two end units left, the second row we only have four end units left, so we’re selling third row boxes of eight seats.”
“Advertising started on the radio on Monday,” he added. “We’re excited…and we urge you to come on out.”
General admission seats for the show, which will run from 5:00-10:00 p.m., cost $25, while VIP tickets run $35 and up.
Tickets can be purchased at Oldsmar100.com.
Also, a hand-cancelled stamp event, where participants can get a cool centennial memento courtesy of the US Postal Service, takes place on Friday, Sept. 2 at the US Post Office on Tampa Road.
A hand cancelled stamp event will allow participants to get a cool centennial memento.
And for those who were wondering, a table will be set up during Celebrate Oldsmar! so those who wish to contribute items that will be sealed away in the time capsule for the next 50 years will have an opportunity to do so.
So as you can see, even though the end of “the people’s centennial” is near, there are plenty of opportunities left to enjoy what has been a truly special year of celebrating Oldsmar’s 100th anniversary!
For more information on Oldsmar’s centennial festivities, visit myoldsmar.com or Oldsmar100.com.