Are you looking for a day of family fun? Join us on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Spencer MA for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the American Legion. This day-long event is hosted by the Gaudette-Kirk Post 138, and starts with a parade at 9:30 am—so grab a spot anywhere on Route 9 between David Prouty and the Spencer Fairgrounds, as the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Parade kicks off the day.
Planning of this event began back in August of 2018, when the American Legion chose the Gaudette-Kirk Post to be the host of Massachusetts’ premier centennial event. Having never executed an event of this scope before, they turned to us for help. We got right down to business, and decided that getting more funding for the event was the number one goal. That started with producing a corporate sponsorship package and developing event branding.
Before we knew it, other posts offered to help, and the network grew as word got out. Through the year, we helped them navigate the pre-event chaos and providing support wherever needed, be it placing ads in local newspapers or helping create a day-of-event lineup. The American Legion family came together as well to orchestrate entertainment, speakers, food and beverage, and of course, the Grand Parade.
Wondering what to expect after the Motorcycle Parade? You’ll see various bands, groups, and organizations in the Grand Parade starting at 10 am. You’ll know who they are if they’re carrying custom sponsorship banners and heading into the Spencer Fairgrounds where you’ll find flags, posters, and some other fun event materials. Grab a commemorative event program and you’ll find out who the sponsors are that helped make the event possible.
Is an event really an event if there is not a raffle? This one is big: One lucky winner will ride away on a 2018 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic. There’s a limited number of raffle tickets available, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, line up early. Stick around until at least 4pm, where special guest Theodore Roosevelt IV will pull the winning number.
Does that name sound familiar? That’s because he is the great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, and his grandfather contributed to the formation of the American Legion just after World War I.
Go, experience the day, and while you’re there, thank a Vet for their service, and take in all that there is to offer in celebration of this great organization. Live entertainment will be on all day, games, food and beverage, and fun for the whole family promises a memorable Centennial Celebration for all. At Exsel, we are proud to be a part of this year-long venture for the whole community.