Tridge Birthday Celebration July 16!

TridgeHappy Birthday Tridge!

The Tridge was originally built as a project of the Midland Area Community Foundation in 1981. The original dedication event attracted 5,000 visitors and celebrated the community’s achievement.  For 30 years, the Tridge has been a gem of our community, a gathering place, an icon, and truly a symbol of our ingenuity and willingness to work together.  The Tridge has framed countless concerts, Labor Day Tridge walks and RIVERDAYS fireworks.

To ensure another 30 years of great community and great times, the Midland Area Community Foundation has undertaken the Tridge renovation project.  Our local citizens, foundations and businesses have contributed money to the project, resulting in new electrical & lighting, new structural components and new railing.  The Foundation is excited to celebrate this achievement  on July 16, 2011 at 1:30pm at the Tridge.

Ms. Tina VanDam will present memories of her involvement in the original celebration of this unique piece of architecture and Mayor Donker will speak to the continued value of this asset in our community and the Midland Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Craig McDonald will speak about the Foundation’s commitment to the Tridge.

In conjunction with the Tridge renovation project and 30th birthday party, the Foundation held a “My Favorite Tridge Memory” story-writing contest for elementary-age children. The stories that were submitted were greatly enjoyed by the committee that selected the two winners:  Mia Allen and Finn Moore  The winners will share their stories with the crown on Saturday, July 16 at 1:30 p.m.

The crowd will be treated to cupcakes and each person will get bubbles to blow to celebrate the Tridge’s 30th Birthday.  Everyone in the community is invited to come to the Tridge and enjoy this very special occasion.