More than 10,000 people are expected to descend on Springfield this weekend to help celebrate the city’s 200th birthday.

In preparation for the bicentennial celebration on Sept. 1, the Springfield Board of Mayor and Aldermen announced a number of road closures in their meeting on Aug. 20.

The road closures will be on Main Street from 4th Ave. to 8th Ave. and South Main Street to Locust Street. These closures will begin Saturday afternoon, Aug. 31, for the stage to be set up.

“We are working with churches, with banks (and) retailers trying to accommodate everybody’s schedule. It’s been challenging, but it’s been fun because it’s for a great cause,” City Manager Regina Holt said.

There will be 12 food trucks located on West Court Square. Merchandise tables will also be set up for both bands as well as bicentennial items.

In addition to the road closures, the city council also announced an acoustic set to be performed by Buzzy Poole at the beginning of the celebration. The concert will start at 6 p.m. Additional acts will follow including the country bands Restless Heart and Shenandoah.

“It’s going to be an exciting weekend. I hope you will all come out and I know that all the department heads, Mrs. Holt, Mr. Martin, everyone has been meeting to make sure that this is a great event for our city,” Springfield Mayor Ann Schneider said.

The City of Springfield was incorporated in 1819. The city has hosted several events throughout the year leading up to the celebratory concert scheduled in September.

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