Maple Plain officially came into existence right after the Civil War when it was listed as a village. In 1912, it became a city and today is a suburb of with nearly 2,000 residents.
This weekend, the official centennial will be observed and many activities will mark the occasion. In the midst of it, there will also be a groundbreaking for a new facility that will be tied into the metropolitan area's mass transit system.
The centennial celebration is being called History, Heritage and Hometown.
Festivities begin on Thursday evening, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. with a showing of Madagascar 2 as part of the regular Movies in the Park program. Admission is free.
Events resume on Saturday, the 18th, beginning with a 5K walk/run starting at 8:30 a.m.
"At 10 o'clock, we are going to break ground for the new park-n-ride facility," said City Manager Jason Ziemer. "The park-n-ride will be located at the east end of town on Baker Park Road."
Expected to be completed and ready for use by approximately Nov. 1, the site will be able to accommodate 150-plus vehicles.
The centennial activities on Saturday are a farmers market and craft fair, a Chevrolet car show, tours of the city historical museum, the 90th anniversary of the local county library, children's activities and a hot dog lunch at the Discovery Center, a fire department water ball challenge, the community parade that will also feature a kiddie parade, a cake reception, a bean bag tournament, a beer garden, a decades music show feature songs from the Roaring Twenties through the Beatles and finally a street dance that evening.
Performing at the street dance will be Red Dot Garage and Ladies of the 80s with Rock It Science.
More information can be found by visiting the city's website, which is www.mapleplain.com.
Specific times and locations for each event are listed as well as downloads of an activities map, parking and parade information and the route for the 5K walk/run.