Chase to celebrate its sesquicentennial Oct. 30

Chase has been in existence 150 years. Pictured is the old Nelson Store in Chase.

Chase has been in existence 150 years. Pictured is the old Nelson Store in Chase.

Courtesy photo/Chase Township Public Library

CHASE — The public is invited to help the town of Chase celebrate its 150th year anniversary.

Established as a post office in 1872, Chase boomed less than a decade later, when the logging industry really took off. 

Although the town never rose back to its former glory before the big fire of 1892, it is still a strong community, as those who support the Chase Township Public Library can attest. 

The celebration, also serving as a fundraiser for the library with a chili cook-off, will take place 3-5 p.m. at the Chase Township Public Library, 8400 E. North Street, Chase. The event will be hosted outside, but will move indoors if weather is bad. 

The celebration will start with a kid’s costume parade. There will be a costume contest for kids and adults. Costumes must be family-friendly. People can dress in what costume they planned for this Halloween season, but also have the option of competing in a contest to dress like a “Chasite” from 150 years ago — in the spirit of the sesquicentennial. 

A scavenger hunt will feature clues and stories from the town’s interesting history, and T-shirts will be available for sale commemorating the town’s 150th anniversary. Kids can color a historic-themed picture. 

People can enter their favorite chili recipe, and will compete against Chase businesses for Chase’s best chili. With $1 per vote, people can help determine the winner. 

To top everything off, a Chase 150th birthday cake will be served.