Greensburg was destroyed almost 10 years ago by a deadly tornado. Since then the community has embraced the green in Greensburg.

The community will hold several 10th anniversary events beginning May 4 and concluding May 7. City officials are currently trying to finish a sidewalk as part of Starlight Public Art Park, located kitty-corner from city hall.

"We are building the sidewalk, which will be 8-feet wide," said Kyler Ludwig, Greensburg city administrator. "We’re hopeful of completing it prior to the park dedication."

The May 4 dedication will be the official kickoff of 10th anniversary events at 7:30 p.m. City officials are asking residents and visitors to bring their own chairs.

The anniversary will be commemorating 10 years of restored, rebuilt, rethought community according to city officials.

An unveiling and lighting of a sculpture — The Beacon — will be at 8:30 p.m., prior to a 9 p.m. memorial service at Big Well Park and a 9:45 p.m. minute of silence at the time of the tornado.

"It’s going to be a somber event," Ludwig said. "But it’s something we feel is needed and we hope not only residents, but visitors and those who came to our aid after the tornado, will come visit us again."

Friday May 5 will see guided tours, walking tours, bicycle tours and self-guided tours available for people to see the changes made throughout the community. The annual Spring Fling Antiques Auction at Brown Auction will start and Cynthia Rausch & The Redneck Astronauts will play at Cannonball Bar & Grill.

Tours and the auction continue on Saturday, May 6. A community lunch at Big Well Park will begin at noon, following a tree planting at 10 a.m. at Swimming Pool Park.

A 10-year documentary film on the community will be shown at 2 p.m. at Twilight Theatre, followed by a 4 p.m. ice cream eating challenge at the Kiowa County Historical Museum’s Soda Fountain.

Sunday, May 7, a community church service will be held in Davis Park at 10 a.m. Attendees are asked to bring their own chair. The auction concludes on Sunday and, at 1 p.m., seniors will attend graduation at Kiowa County schools.

"It’s remembering and celebrating the spirit of Greensburg," Ludwig said of the events planned. "It’s why we want as many people as who came to help us to come and remember with us.

"The spirit of Greensburg pulled us through and we want to celebrate that with everyone."

For more information or changes to the schedule, visit www.visitgreensburgks.com.

 

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