The city of Jacksonville will mark its 150th birthday with 10 days of celebration commencing Thursday, Sept.16, and continuing through Saturday, Sept. 25, with activities from morning until dark.

The city of Jacksonville will mark its 150th birthday with 10 days of celebration commencing Thursday, Sept.16, and continuing through Saturday, Sept. 25, with activities from morning until dark.

The rich, local history will be displayed each day throughout the event. There will be cemetery and archeology tours, a "Festival of Gold" old-time movie series, historical lectures and presentations and various workshops and demonstrations that will highlight art, gold panning, weaving, grain and energy. Art exhibits, food and wine tasting, vendors, a farmers market and music will further color the days.

To complement the abundance of activity, local historical lodges will offer overnight guest packages with gift certificates to local eateries and bottles of local wine.

The celebration culminates Saturday, Sept. 25, with a parade, a Dutch-oven cook-off, farmers market, Oktoberfest celebration, gunfighters, outhouse races and fireworks at Bigham Knoll on E Street. Most activities are free to the public. For a complete schedule of events, see www.jacksonvilleoregon.us.

"Echoes of the Past," a concert of original music by City Administrator Paul Wyntergreen and Christina Duane, will be presented Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Britt Pavilion. (See listing, Page 4.)

"We're going to have a great time, and we hope you can join us," said Jacksonville Mayor Bruce W. Garrett, encouraging attendance among those living inside and outside the Jacksonville area.