BRYAN — The square in downtown Bryan will be the site of an area-wide celebration July 20 from 6 p.m.-midnight, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s successful mission that put man on the moon.
Local space aficionados, assisted by the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce, have joined with the community to create an evening full of lunar-themed activities for all ages.
“We think this moment in time, this anniversary of such a big event in our nation’s history, is the perfect opportunity for our community to gather, have some fun and remember what we can accomplish when we work together,” said Dave Brown, co-organizer of the event.
Activities will include a moonwalk contest, art exhibit, costume contest, re-enactment of JFK’s “We Choose to go to the Moon” speech, an “Apollo 11, A Look Back” presentation by a local educator, classic cars, life-size astronaut cut-outs for photo-ops and a special “kids korner.”
Downtown merchants and restaurants are getting into the spirit with specially created moon drinks and lunar menu items, live music, and a punch card that earns moonwalkers a free Moon Walk T-shirt. An ice cream truck also will be on the square selling cool treats.
Movie lovers will have the opportunity to view the 2019 Apollo 11 documentary at the Bryan Theatre, to experience outer space on the big screen.
Dave Schumm, co-organizer of the event, stated: “Fifty years ago, it seemed the whole world stopped and held its breath as they watched a human step foot on a heavenly body for the first time. We want to honor and recreate the awe of that historic moment.”
In that spirit, activities will culminate with a commemorative ceremony, followed by a “Moon Touchdown.” The Bryan Fire Department will lower a “moon” from its ladder truck as event-goers count down to 10:56:15 p.m. (the time Neil Armstrong’s foot first touched the moon 50 years ago.)
For more information and find the complete schedule of events, go to Bryan Ohio Moon Walk on Facebook.