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Norma and Gene Beck wait for the concert to start while showing off their Springfield Bicentennial Celebration shirts.

Springfield celebrated 200 years as a city on Sept. 1 with thousands of locals, great music and delicious food.

Lawn chairs filled the streets of the square, and music could be heard for blocks around. The food trucks lined the road and sweet smells filled the air.

Many people proudly sported Springfield bicentennial shirts that were being sold from stores that stayed open for the event.  Some of these stores included Hey Belle, Pretty Opossum and Main Street Boutique.

Locals flooded in from the four entrances spaced around the square. By the time the concerts began, the streets were covered with people enjoying the celebration with friends and family.

Gene and Norma Beck have lived in Springfield for over 50 years. Gene has been here since the first grade. They were excited about the chance to gather with both longtime residences as well as newcomers.

“I think the celebration for the bicentennial is nice because we’ve had so many people move in that maybe don’t know the history and to be able to share the history, its highlights, that’s what I’m really proud of,” Gene Beck said.

Ami Fletcher, another Springfield local of 57 years, came to see how the city would set up for such a large event.

“I wanted to come see how they were going to do it. I wanted to see how they were going to get a lot of people around the square and a band where everyone could see them and how the sound would be,” Fletcher said. “I think it’s awesome.”

Springfield resident Sylvia Stubblefield was also impressed with the celebration and had nothing but praise for the city’s efforts.

“What a wonderful night of fun and great music in Springfield, Tenn., enjoyed by every age,” Stubblefield said. “I am a life-long resident of the historic district and I am thrilled with all the enthusiasm, creativity and entrepreneurship brought here by all of my wonderful young neighbors.

“This event was so well organized and showed what can happen when all the departments of our wonderful small town put their minds and energy together for the good of our community. We are blessed in every way.”

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