By Melody Vallieu
TROY — While the Troy Bicentennial celebration may only last for a few more months, residents can purchase souvenirs to last a lifetime.
The Troy Bicentennial Committee has an array of bicentennial-themed items available for purchase, from a simple napkin to a large flag boasting the official Troy Bicentennial logo.
According to committee member Doug Tremblay, items are available for purchase at the city of Troy’s Engineering Office, 102 S. Market St., and each item features the official Troy Bicentennial logo.
Items for sale include:
• Flags — $50
• DVDs of the 1964 Sesquicentennial (150th year) parade — $15
• T-shirts, sizes small though X-large — $10
• Calendar — $10
• Lapel pin — $5
• Commemorative coin — $5
• Commemorative coin from the 1974 Sesquicentennial celebration — $2
• Pencils — $1
• Napkins — 10 cents each
Tremblay said each item also must be charged sales tax.
“We think some people are definitely going to want some of these items as a reminder of the bicentennial,” Tremblay said.
Tremblay said the bicentennial coins — just delivered — have color and also feature the Troy, Ohio, logo used throughout the city. The coins, because of the extra expense of the color, are also being sponsored by Jim and Greg Taylor of Troy Ford.
Organizers also found a box of the commemorative coins sold for the 1974 Sesquicentennial celebration and have them for sale, so residents may wish to purchase one of each, he said.
“They are nice little reminders of the milestones,” he said.
He believes the T-shirts and flags will be popular items also this season.
“This is summertime, so we hope people will purchase T-shirts to wear and the flags to display for the good weather,” Tremblay said. “We hope people will want to wear the T-shirts this summer and show off their Troy.”
The DVDs of the 1964 Sesquicentennial parade have been a big seller since the bicentennial kick-off event at the beginning of the year, according to Tremblay.
“People see themselves or friends and family walking in the parade and want a copy,” he said.
The calendars, while from 2013 and 2014 are more for collecting than actually using now, Tremblay said.
“People really want to buy them for historical purposes,” Tremblay said. “For the photos and some of the events noted on the calendar.”
The pencils are practical items, he said, and the napkins could be used for a special event.
“If someone were having a tea party or unique gathering, they may want to buy some of the napkins,” said Tremblay, who believes for a dime a piece they could be a nice addition to an event. “Or send them to someone out of town.”
Any proceeds made from selling the bicentennial souvenirs will be used to continue the celebration, with the culmination on Sept. 20 — 200 days into the bicentennial year. While plans are still being finalized, the event will include family-oriented events at Hobart Arena, a large parade and a laser light show.