An Illinois town is celebrating 175 years of existence. The town is Okawville, which was found in 1838 as Bridgeport. The name was changed to Okawville by German immigrants in the 1870s. There’s a celebration of 175 years taking place this weekend. “It’s nothing too historical, to be honest,” says Molly Ronsick of the anniversary committee.
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“On Friday, we’re throwing in some Okawville trivia during our movie previews, and prior to this event we did a dinner gala to kind of raise money for this June Jubilee, where we had done skits about Okawville’s history, and it was held at the Original Springs Hotel, which has a lot of history in Okawville.”
The Original Springs Mineral Spa and Hotel, established in 1867, is the town’s main attraction. It features a spring-fed spa with waters containing minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iodine, iron, and sulfur. The celebration features an outdoor movie and fireworks on Friday and a festival on Saturday with bands performing, a soap-box derby, a bags tournament and a motorcycle show. The events will be on Hanover Street in downtown Okawville. Okawville is located in Washington County, at Exit 41 off I-64.