The Edmond Sun

Local News

June 9, 2007

Market Place dedication set

EDMOND — Edmond will have reason to celebrate July 4 when the community is invited to the dedication of the Edmond Festival Market Place Plaza.

To be unveiled will be a bronze statue depicting ’89er Nannita Regina H. Daisey leaping off a train’s cowcatcher. “Leaping into History” by Edmond artist Mary Lou Gresham personifies the pioneer spirit of “Kentucky Daisey.” Legend has it that Daisey jumped off the train’s cowcatcher to stake her claim.

“I was trying to capture the motion, excitement and thrill of leaping from a train to start a new life,” said Gresham, who also will see the finished product for the first time.

The dedication ceremony for the Festival Market Place Plaza in downtown Edmond will be immediately after the 9 a.m. July 4 LibertyFest Parade.

“We’re planning on having live music,” said Terry Lanham, manager of the Festival Market Place. “We’ve got some lunch bags we’ll be giving away to promote it as a new park for people to come out and have lunch.”

The 50-year Centennial Time Capsule and personalized Centennial Bricks will be dedicated, too.

Time capsule donations to be considered for placement must be received by June 15, said Marilyn Kreidler, chairwoman of the Edmond Centennial Commission. Space is limited, but donations that are uniquely characteristic of Edmond are requested.

“Leaping into History” is a $250,000 project funded by Edmond Parks Foundation, Inc., and private donations.

An Edmond Centennial Commission project, the 13 feet tall and 26 feet long statue is supported by the Visual Arts Commission and the City of Edmond.

Former state legislator Wayne Pettigrew secured 50 percent of the matching state money in 2004 for the Festival Market Place Plaza.

“I think the whole Centennial Plaza and the statue will go hand in hand in bringing people downtown,” said Pettigrew, a member of the Edmond Centennial Commission.

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