Rochester 150




September 13-14-15

Friday, September 13
                             COMMUNITY PARK
5:00pm–Tot Rods at Wild Rose Lane
6:00 pm—Scavenger Hunt
7:30pm–Dance Revue—Above & Beyond Dance Co.
Sesquicentennial Booth
Food: CooperstrEATside Bistro, Carnival Food Truck, Ice Deli
Saturday, September 14
                                HISTORICAL PARK
8:00–Encampment—114th Illinois Vol. Inf. Reg. ReactivatedFur Traders
7:00-9:00 am—Free Pancake Breakfast at Rochester Christian Church
                              COMMUNITY PARK
7:30am—Walk/Run, “Race to the Party” (rain or shine)
8:00am—Farmer’s Market
9:00am—Fishing Derby for eighth-graders and younger
                              HISTORICAL PARK
10:00am–Opening Ceremony at Stone House (under tent in case of rain)
Flag Raising—Boy Scouts, VFW, 114th (gun salute), Re-enactors
National Anthem
Invocation:  Pastor Sam Janssen
Announcements of Walk/Run winners
Dignitaries—State, County, Township, Village, RSC Board
Reading of Proclamation—Rep. Tim Butler
Time Capsule—Eagle Scout Candidate Adam Gribbins
Recognition of Coin Contest Winner—Ellie Tweryon
Recognition—Seniors (90 years+) and baby born closest to March 1
Citizen of the Year—Recognition of past Citizens of the Year
Recognition of Masonic Lodge 150th Anniversary,Police, Fire
Departments and Agricultural Community
12:00 pm—Car Cruise-In for the 150th at Elementary School Parking Lot
  on West Main Street Campus
12:00-3:00 pm–Rochester Cub Scouts Rocket Day – Community Park
                       COMMUNITY / HISTORICAL PARKS
Vendors and Artisans:
Encampment, Fire/Rescue Squads, Police, VFW, Sesquicentennial Booth,
Time Capsule Booth, Hope Therapeutic Riding Center, Rochester Authors,
Deb’s Nantuckets & More, Forge, Kelly Firebaugh, Loess Rock Club,
Flint-knapper Danny Morres, Paul Carlson and Fur Traders, Gerberdings
Rag Rugs, Chaplain, Quilting Display, Pony Cart Rides, Farmers’ Marketplace, Arrowroot Coffee, Four Sweets, Ostermeier Honey, Displays by Taft & Coffey Families, Virtual Reality Look at Rocherster – Matt Kluge, Randy Bellville (Mums and Fall items), Sweet Heat BBQ, Waldmires,
Fruit of the Spirit Jams, Roberts
FOODFive Churches, Shick-Shack, Carnival, Ice Deli
1:00-4:00 pm—Carnival
1:00-5:00 pm—Music—Junior Stevens & Tim Garman, Whirled Peas
4:00 pm—Miss Rochester Pageant
5:00-9:00 pm—Carnival
                               RHS FINE ARTS AUDITORIUM
6:00pm— Student Entertainment
7:00pm—Sesquicentennial Complimentary Concert (tickets required)
              DUAL PIANO—Mark Gifford & Damien Kaplan
      Presented by Rochester Lions Cllub and Jim Rowley/Edward Jones
                                   COMMUNITY PARK
7:00-8:30 pm—Unchained—Featuring local young talent
9:00 pm—Fireworks
Sunday, September 15
                                    HISTORICAL PARK
1:00 pm–Rochester Drumline, directed by David McCafferty
1:15 pm–Rochester’s 150th Birthday Party—Cupcakes & Ice Cream
     for first 150 party-goers
1:30 pm—Entertainment—Musical Group “Every Other Sunday”
2:45 pm–Playlet
3:00 pm—Monarch Butterfly Release
                Closing Ceremony
1:00-5:00 pm–Carnival, Community Park

Celebrate the Sesquicentennial


        150 Years of Rochester


Rochester is ready to celebrate its 150th birthday throughout 2019. Each month has a focus on a specific event. Please check out our Facebook page.


An overview of these activities is listed below:




  • Unveiling of Vintage Poster
  • “The 3 R’s”Monday, May 13, 7 PM at the Rochester United Methodist Church
    • Resolutions
    • Reconstruction
    • Renewal


  • 2nd Historical Home Tour in Downtown Rochester  (See Events Page for more details)


Major Sponsor: Sloan Implement Company



Sign up for run/walk HERE

13th – 14th – 15th – Sesquicentennial Weekend Celebration

There are several events that have been scheduled for the Sesquicentennial Weekend Celebration! Some of these include:

  • Encampment
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • 5k/10k Walk / Run
  • Opening Ceremonies and Festivities in the Park in the Stone House
  • Carnival
  • Miss Rochester Pageant
  • Fireworks

Events are still being scheduled and arranged. Keep checking back to keep up to date on all the events that will be going on throughout the weekend!


Have something you would like to see at the Sesquicentennial Celebration?

Tell us about it! Click the link HERE.

**All events and activities are subject to change. For current information, you may contact Carolyn Moore ( or Ruth Ann Theis (**

We have started our focus on fund-raising with a “150 for $150” campaign which targets 150 donors who will contribute $150.

If you would like to be a part of this project, please feel free to contribute any amount you wish as all donations are very much appreciated.

Please go to the Fund-raising portion of the website for the Donor Card information.

Carolyn:   ( or at 498-7891
Ruth Ann: ( or at 498-9804


Used with permission from the Rochester Times

McDaniel, Toby.  “Rochester Sesquicentennial.” Rochester Times