Pickerington officials are going to the mat to plan a fun event for the city's 200th birthday.

Pickerington officials are going to the mat to plan a fun event for the city's 200th birthday.

The bicentennial celebration, set for Sept. 5-7, will offer modern and historic activities for the young and old, said Tammy Sawyer, who is organizing the event for the city.

The three-day event will feature everything from cake walks and church choirs to a boxing exposition and bounce houses. The activities are designed to showcase Pickerington's heritage and bring the community together for family-oriented celebration, she said. Officials chose Labor Day weekend because it coincided with the annual homecoming event hosted by the Pickerington Lions Club. The club has hosted a fish fry and parade for more than 60 years, Sawyer said.

Saturday's boxing matches are a nod to the city's connection to the sport. Decades ago, boxing matches were held in the Olde Village, Sawyer said. The matches will be "family-friendly," Sawyer said. Sunday will feature music by The Reaganomics and fireworks. To highlight Pickerington's active church community, the city has invited church choirs to perform a mix of religious and secular music Monday. The Bicentennial Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.

The city also is organizing "Vintage Square" to showcase what life was like in 1815, the year the community was founded. The area will feature old-fashioned games and representative workers from the period.

Food vendors and SuperGames will be set up throughout the weekend.

"You could come all three days and have a different experience each day because the offerings are different," Sawyer said.

-Melissa Kossler Dutton