How Does Rising Sun Celebrate 200 Years? With A Giant Cake

Posted On May 07, 2014

Press release from Ohio County Convention, Tourism and Visitor Commission

rising-sun-bicentennial-cake-05072014(Rising Sun, Ind.) – The City of Rising Sun will turn 200 years old on May 30, 2014 and what better way to celebrate a big birthday than with a BIG birthday cake? The City of Rising Sun and the Ohio County Historical Society are having a 200th Birthday Party at the Rising Sun History Museum on Friday May 30, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Museum is located at 212 South Walnut Street in Rising Sun, Indiana.

“We talked about different ways to celebrate the event” said Museum Director Cliff Thies “and we decided that it would be fun to have a traditional Birthday Party with cake and ice cream. This is intended to be a entertaining event for the entire community and our visitors.

The cake will be a story in itself displaying the talents of many community volunteers in it’s patchwork layers of 54 individual 13 X 9 sheet cakes. Each baker will be given a cake mix and baking instructions and left to their own imaginations. The cakes will be baked at home and then frozen before the final assembly at the museum on a commercial grade sheet of plywood where they will be covered in icing for the event. Everyone is invited to attend the cake assembly during the day and the great unveiling on Friday evening at 6:00 pm. The cake will then be served free along with ice cream to all in attendance. Party-goers will receive a piece of whatever flavor comes off the serving line at that point. It is anticipated that the giant cake will serve over 650 people.

In addition to the free cake and ice cream, the Rising Sun Rotary Club will be serving a smoked pork chop dinner for $8.00. Dinner tickets are available in advance from any Rotary member and at the Ohio County Visitors’ Center on the corner of Main and Walnut Streets. There will also be live music, special exhibits, presentations, guest speakers, and fun for all.

“We are inviting guests to come to the party in period costumes.” said Thies “It doesn’t matter what year that you dress up from since the City is 200 years old. You can dress up from whatever era you like for the party. We just want to remind everyone to take lots of pictures and preserve this memory as it only happens once every hundred years.”

Please call the Visitors’ Center at (812) 439-4933 or the Museum at (812) 438-4915 to see how you can get involved in the festivities. Volunteer cake bosses, historical reenactors, guest speakers and helpers will be happily welcomed.