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Panel brainstorming ideas for Centennial

Commemorative coins, flags, a book, band performances and a string of events next year are some of the ideas a special committee has brainstormed to help Ceres celebrate the centennial of city incorporation.

Ceres was incorporated as a city on Feb. 25, 2018 and the committee has talked about celebrating over a season, kicking off in February and celebrating into the summertime with a special focus on participating in the 2018 Street Faire and Concerts in the Park.

The committee is trying to nail down a slogan, logo with "100" incorporated as part of it, and a theme.

The group is looking to see if any longtime Ceres residents will be turning 100 years old with the city next year and making them a part of the celebration.

Committee member Lee Brandt suggested that the city commission a Centennial flag and give out a thousand to elementary school children before Feb 25 of next year.

The centennial will mark the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Ceres although Ceres itself traces its founding back to 1869. The first recorded map of the town of Ceres was filed Feb. 20, 1875. Ceres was incorporated as a city on March 4, 1918 and serving as the first mayor was S.W. Cartwright who served only a month and nine days until the first city election was held on April 8, 1918. Vaughn D. Whitmore beat out Cartwright by one vote to become Ceres' first elected mayor with 28 votes. Besides Whitmore and Cartwright elected to the first City Council were C.T. Haynes, J.U. Gartin and C.H. Sikes.