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BROCTON – A celebration of 200 years of settlers in Brocton and Portland will culminate this weekend with festival featuring a large variety of free events.

The area marked its birthday April 9 with a kick-off dinner.

Events will begin Thursday evening with the re-dedication of the Brocton arches. The historic arches in the center of Brocton were refurbished this year, and lights have just been installed. The arches will be re-dedicated and lighted at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Other activities include karaoke daily, farm and garden contests, ice cream socials, live bands, craft vendors, a petting zoo and magic shows.

Travis said the grand parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday from the fire hall to the school, along Route 20.

Travis said the committee had hoped to have Brad Anderson, creator of the cartoon “Marmaduke,” as the grand marshall, but Anderson’s health prevented him from returning home for a visit.

Travis said one of the fundraising events at the bicentennial will be to raise money for a Marmaduke statue to be erected here.

Several years in the planning stages, the bicentennial has a special logo, designed by graphic artist John Baldridge. The logo will be featured on commemorative items for sale at the event.

Most events, including a tour of the Portland-Evergreen Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, are free.

Guests visiting the festival will be encouraged to sign a guest book in the information booth on the grounds of the American Legion Post on Route 20.

Free parking is located at the Brocton school lot.