The Galt District Chamber of Commerce and the Sesquicentennial committee would like to invite Galt community families to help celebrate the Galt area’s 150th birthday this Saturday, Sept. 14 on Fourth Street in Old Town Galt, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a step back in time, as Fourth Street is transformed into a bustling scene from the past, back when Galt was just becoming a late 1800s center of commerce with an important railroad depot where commodities and livestock were shipped out to different areas of the nation.

Many fun and exciting family friendly activities, games and performances will tantalize the entire family, from horse-drawn wagon rides, tractor rides and miniature steam train rides – all free of charge – to performances by a banjo band, marching kazoo band and other music entertainers, including our very own Galt-Liberty Unified Ensemble.

Special to the event will be the Blue Canyon Gang, providing four performances. Setting the scene in the “wild wild west”, Blue Canyon Gang members will reenact a bank robbery at the corner of Fourth and C streets. The performance will see the bank robbers exiting what used to be the Bank of Galt. The would-be robbers will be confronted by the “local sheriff” and a gun fight will ensue, but do not fret, the good guys always win.

Children activities will be offered throughout the event, including doll and rope making, as well as contests such as watermelon seed spitting, squash scramble, gunny sack races and more.

In the historic Estrellita Ballroom on C Street, you can see a model railroad train exhibit and a melodrama covering the history of Galt.

At 1 p.m., a special presentation will take place at the corner of Fourth and C streets, where local and state dignitaries will address guests and a special kiosk will be unveiled.

Start searching through your closets for clothes of yesteryear; guests are strongly encouraged to come in period dress. In fact, cash prizes will be awarded to the best dressed in two age groups. Any outfits from the “old west” up to the 1930s, from “high society” to “working class” could earn you a couple “shillings” in your pocket.

Secret judges will be walking around the event looking for the best costumes. Winners will be announced promptly at 2:30 p.m.

For the car enthusiasts, over 60 antique automobiles are expected to be on scene, ranging from turn of the century to the early 1940s.

Be sure to stop by the information booth at the corner of Fourth and C streets to pick up an event program, which lists all performance, reenactment and activity times and locations.

At the information booth, you can sign up to enter the various contests happening at the event and purchase Sesquicentennial Celebration souvenirs.

Come on out to learn about the history of our Great American Little Town at this free family event.