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August 22, 2008

Sellersburg Celebrates! kicks off today

Twenty years ago Sellersburg was in desperate need of an image makeover. Quarreling in the town council was leaving a bad taste in the mouth of potential businesses and residents.

“Back in the 1980s there was a lot of infighting — it seemed like we were on the front page of the paper everyday for something negative,” said resident Linda Miller. “So the Economic Development Committee decided they wanted to do something to project a positive image of Sellersburg.”

And that turned into Sellersburg Celebrates!. Originally developed as a centennial celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the town’s founding, the festival turned into an annual event after it was more successful than anyone imagined it would be.

Miller has been involved with the Sellersburg Celebrates! committee since the centennial, and she doesn’t plan on quitting anytime soon. She chaired the first Sellersburg Celebrates! in 1991, and she is still as invested and involved in the 19th celebration as she was with the first.

“It’s sort of like your child — you have a personal stake in it,” Miller said. “But also as a member of the community, I have a personal stake in it.

“It truly is a community event.”

And the event is growing right along with the community. At Miller’s favorite event of the celebration — the community luncheon — more than 500 people will likely be in attendance. The new Silver Creek High School football coach Mike Flores will be the event speaker.

“We try to choose someone who has a commitment to the community, who cares and gives back,” Miller said. “They talk about how we can all do that.”

To choose Flores is only appropriate — this is the first year the high school has had a football team in more than 60 years, and he has stepped up to bring one back to the kids at the high school and to the community.

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