VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - Kids, families, furry friends, and sheriffs gathered outside the Old Courthouse early Friday for Vanderburgh County's Bicentennial Birthday bash.
"It's a pretty exciting time for us to get out and have some fun with everybody and just enjoy a rather historical event," Sgt. Mark Rasure said.
The birthday bash included a zip line, bounce house, food trucks, live music, and of course a big birthday cake.
Over 200 years, there is a lot to celebrate.
"It's a pretty exciting day that we're celebrating our 200th Anniversary here in Vanderburgh County," Sheriff Dave Wedding said. "As a sheriff we're always proud of the county that we live in."
Sheriff Wedding says the key to achieving this bicentennial honor is growth.
"We have to have a community that is willing to make change, to look ahead, take risks, and grow," Sheriff Wedding explained. "I've seen that in downtown Evansville. I've seen a lot of growth there. The county that we live in has had tremendous growth especially northern Vanderburgh County over the years. Back in the 80s it was basically corn and soy bean fields and now we have multiple schools out there, golf courses, industries and residential areas as well."
Sheriff's deputies were proudly sporting bicentennial commemorative badges. A few deputies even decided to try out the zip line.
Vanderburgh County resident, Denise Weil attended the birthday bash to celebrate the community she calls home.
"I was raised here and grew up here and it's just a great way to celebrate the community and us being together and helping each other out," Weil said.
"I think people forget, you know, Evansville we're the largest area in probably an 80 to 100 mile radius in Southern Indiana," Sheriff Wedding said. "So we should be proud of that and a lot of people come here, they shop here, they dine here, they attend events at the ford center, our universities. We have a lot going on here and we should be proud of that and we should encourage further growth."
There are more Bicentennial Celebration events coming up.