The statement above was one of the first things noticed upon entering the Eatonia2020.com website. Talk about an understatement.

The Town of Eatonia is finally ready to celebrate their centennial celebration. Apparently 100 years wasn't enough, as the pandemic tacked on an extra two years of waiting in the West Central community. Tons of fun is planned as the organizing committee has been hard at work.

"I think we got ten or eleven people on our committee, and it's been going really good," said Eatonia local and member of the committee Mitch Larock.

His group Mitch Larock and the 4:54 Band are set to be part of the entertainment on the weekend opening up for The Steve McQueen Band during the Saturday night cabaret, but he was busy cruising around town setting things up as a volunteer when West Central Online got into contact with him to learn more about the long awaited weekend that is finally here.

"I think the centennial here is obviously representing 100 years, but for people like myself, kind of the younger group in town, it's like a thank you to the past people too," he said, "It kind of pushes us to work a little bit harder, make sure we throw a really good event for those people that are coming home, and that have been here and have done events like this in town." 

Larock is eager to show former residents that the current ones have been looking after the place, and treat the longtime Eatonian's who did stick around to a blast from the past along with a staggering amount of family fun from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. Five years of hard work finally sees things kick off today with a weekend long scavenger hunt followed by a movie at the football field tonight at dusk.

Eatonia Poster 2022via Eatonia Centennial 2020 on Facebook

Opening night in the park is just the beginning. Finally kicking things off two years later has to be a major moment of victory for the group of local volunteers that has worked so hard.

View the full schedule for Eatonia's Centennial celebrations below.