Activities for Slice bread Day begin on July 3 with some lasting last until July 12.

Two events are scheduled on Friday evening to kick-off the celebrations. From 4 -6 p.m., the “Missouri Bicentennial Photo Exhibit” opening reception will be held at the Sliced Bread Innovation Center and the yard Dogs will play from 7 - 10 p.m., ay 1st and Elm streets.

Saturday, July 4, will feature the Color Run, Kids Art Saturday” at the Cultural Corner Art Guild and a 2 p.m., concert featuring a group of local musicians who call themselves Homegrown for a patriotic and country concert. Homegrown is a band made up of Jamie Pauls, Laura Greer, Ben Savage, Daniel Savage, Rick Hughes and MaryLou Vandeventer.

Vandeventer is also the administrator fo the Chillicothe Area Arts Council and said the event will begin with a patriotic program, feature an intermission and then country musical selections.

The day will end with the Chillicothe Rotary sponsoring Fireworks for the Fourth of July at about 9:30 p.m., on the south end of town near U.S. Highways 36 and 65.

At 3 p.m., on July 5, the Chillicothe Area Arts Council is also hosting a 3 p.m., concert featuring the Rockin Country Variety Show, of which Pauls is also a member. The group, Vandeventer said is a local favorite that plays oldies, Gospel and country musical selections. Both concerts are free, donations accepted. There will be no seating available in the south annex of the Litton Ag Center, for either the July 4 or 5 concerts so those attending are asked to bring their own chairs. There will not be any food or drink on hand for that event, coolers are allowed but no alcoholic beverages are allowed on-site.

The Grand River Historical Society and Museum will be open July 4-7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., celebrating Sliced Bread Day with a scrambled bread quiz, scavenger hunt, new exhibits and several automobiles outside. On July 7, Sliced bread Day there will be bread slicing demonstrations using the bread slicing machine on loan from the Smithsonian.

On July 11 the Sliced Bread Contest will be held with entry drop-offs from 8-11 a.m., and judging at 11:30 a.m. Winners will be announced and the bread tasting to the public will be at 2 p.m., according to pam Klingerman, director. There are three bread categories, savory, yeast and sweet; for two age groups, those 18 and younger and those 18 and older. The first-place prize is $50, second is $25 and the third palace winner in each category will receive $10. All entries in the junior age groups will also receive a certificate.

Wrapping up a week of Sliced Bread Day activities will be a 3 p.m., concert by the Petersen Family Bluegrass Band from Branson Missouri. This concert will be held at

Turning Point Church. Admission is free, donations appreciated. At 7 p.m., Bread of Life: An Inspirational Evening with Pastor Jeff Keck, will be held at the Sliced Bread Innovation Center.

The public and participants in all of Chillicothe’s Sliced Bread Day activities are not required to wear masks, however, those wishing to and encouraged to do so. Social distancing is encouraged.

Sliced Bread was first sold in Chillicothe on July 7, 1928. Chillicothe Baking Company was the first to sell Otto Rohwedder's sliced bread 20219 the Missouri Legislature passed a law dedicating July 7 as Sliced Bread Day. Local civic groups have held large Sliced Bread gatherings for several years, usually the weekend before July 7.