Organizers unveil plans for Covington's bicentennial

COVINGTON, Ky. – Organizers have big plans for Covington’s 200 year birthday.

So big that Amanda Greenwell announced the bash will span two years.

“History is awesome, and we have a lot of it,” said Greenwell, vice chair for the city’s bicentennial committee.

Greenwell was joined by Normand Desmarais, bicentennial chair, on Friday morning to outline a host of events set to kick off with the unveiling of a new Covington and bicentennial logo, along with a revamped bicentennial website.

Those logos are set to launch on May 22, along with a teaser trailer of a documentary being filmed about the city’s history. A new promotional video, a Covington 200 ambassador program, and merchandise for sale will also be available.

Then, throughout the summer and fall of 2014 the bicentennial committee will attend community events to drum up further support for activities set to take place in 2015. Spotted Yeti Media will film a community video project in the summer as well.

The 2014 campaign will culminated in the November release of an accompanying book focused on Covington’s past.

Mixed in with those events will be community service projects, where residents can give back to their community. Greenwell said the initiative will be modeled after the Go Cincinnati project across the river.

Then on Feb. 7, 2015 a massive party will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center to ring in Covington’s official date of incorporation on Sunday, Feb. 8.

And though the committee has to still finalize all plans, Greenwell said their will be block parties, volunteer awards, bicentennial party tool kits, a legacy educational focus,  and riverfront party.

Desmarais added, he’s hoping for an additional spotlight to shine on the city’s 200 during the Major League Baseball All-Star game to be hosted in Cincinnati in 2015.

“This is a cool city,” said Desmarais.

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