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‘A big deal’: 100-year celebration set for Dunkirk center

Photos courtesy of Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center Sunday afternoon the Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center will celebrate 100 years of operation in the community at its annual picnic.

For anyone looking for something to do this Sunday afternoon, a century-long fixture in the Dunkirk community has you covered.

The Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center is celebrating 100 years of operation this Sunday with its annual picnic featuring an afternoon full of events open to the public from noon until 6 p.m. “Join us in celebrating 100 years of summer camp and outdoor ministry,” said Camp Manager Anne Wilmot.

The site was first acquired on March 1, 1922, and named the Evangelical Conference Grounds. After transitioning to a non-profit organization in 1989, the official name became the Dunkirk Camp and Conference Grounds.

“It’s a big deal that we’ve been in business 100 years,” said Wilmot, who noted that state Sen. George Borrello, Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel, and a representative from the Chamber of Commerce are all expected to attend the celebration on Sunday.

A key moment of Sunday’s celebration will be from 1 to 1:30 p.m. when a time capsule will be opened on stage at the front field. Additionally, an Anniversary Vesper Service will take place from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at Vesper Point and a basket raffle will begin selling at 1 p.m. for $5 a sheet. The drawing will be held at the Activity Center at 5 p.m.

Beginning at noon until 3 p.m., the pool will be open to swim for $2 per person. Also from noon until 3 p.m., there will be a Bounce House in the field for $2 per person, as well.

A cake tent will be open beginning at noon and throughout the duration of the celebration free of charge, while the DCC gift store will also be open from noon until 6 p.m.

There will also be free games with prizes to be won in front of Cabin 1 from 1-3 p.m. Bingo will also be free of charge with prizes available, beginning at 2 p.m. and will last until 4 p.m. at Mothers Memorial.

Near the bounce house beginning at 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones will all be for sale for $2 each, while the snack bar at the Activity Center will also be open from 1-3 p.m.

Starting at 3 until 5 p.m. food will be for sale in the Dining Hall. An adult picnic pack will cost $14 and includes a hot dog, hamburger, baked beans, watermelon and a beverage, while a child pack will cost $7. Food items will also be available ala carte.

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