Rather than celebrate Jefferson County's centennial with one event, local officials plan to commemorate it with at least nine different events over the course of the year.

"We're going to stretch this thing out," said Joe Krenowicz, executive director of the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the activities that will mark the year residents in northwest Crook County voted to break away from the rest of the county and form Jefferson County.

Although the official day of the vote was Nov. 3, 1914, the centennial events will begin in May, during Ashwood's Mother's Day celebration on May 10, and move around the county, including Memorial Day, May 24, at Camp Sherman; the Pi-Ume-Sha in Warm Springs on June 28; Fourth of July in Madras and Gateway (July 4) and at Crooked River Ranch (July 5); the Jefferson County Fair in Madras on July 23; the Crawdad Festival in Culver on Aug. 16; and the Spike and Rail celebration in Metolius on Sept. 20.

So far, participating groups include the Jefferson County Historical Society, the High Desert Community Theatre group, and actors from the Madras centennial celebration in 2010, but they hope to engage collectors of antique cars and agricultural equipment, runners, cyclists, and others in the events.

The next meeting will be held Friday, Feb. 14, at noon, in the Jefferson County Commission's meeting room in the courthouse annex. Subsequent meetings will be held the second Friday of the month through May.

The plan is to enhance existing events, Krenowicz said, rather than create separate events. A committee will put together a traveling exhibit that can be handled by two or three people to take to the events.

Those interested in participating can attend the Feb. 14 meeting, or call the chamber at 541-475-2350.

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