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Stafford’s 350th Birthday Celebration Starts Saturday with Ice Skating, Time Capsule

By Potomac Local News January 2, 2014 8:21 am

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NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Stafford will ring in its 350th anniversary on Saturday with free ice skating and a day-long festival at Stafford Marketplace shopping center.

And free ice skating may be something everyone will want to take advantage of as temperatures on Saturday aren’t expected to climb out of the 30s.

But despite the cold, several fun events are planned throughout the day at the shopping center on Va. 610 in North Stafford, to include:

Ice skating rink (ice skates will be provided free of charge)

County Sponsored History Tent – hosting local historians, partners from all other 350th Anniversary programs, offering a first-hand look at the projects and programs planned for the entire year

Sight and hearing screenings for all ages

Foodbank food drive sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Stafford

Collection of used cell phones and eye glasses

Historical displays and re-enactors

Fun, food, and entertainment for all ages

A time capsule to be filled with items by Stafford County school children will take center stage 1:15 p.m. With history a main focus of the event, all of the Stafford’s public schools will have a “history tree” at the event depicting things building the U.S.’s original 13 colonies, the significance of Aquia Landing at the Civil War, and the recent growth in Stafford County.

This event will serve as a kick off for several more events planed in 2014 for mark Stafford’s 350th anniversary.