The new year brings a calendar full of fun activities for the rural town of Casey, with its “Kick-Off Bash” on January 12 the first of many ways to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary this year.

An Open House and Ribbon Cutting will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Community building located at 104 W Sherman St.

The “Bash” will begin at 7 p.m. and includes silent and live auctions along with live music featuring The Damon Dotson Band.

Dotson, is a well-known musician in the Des Moines metro area, and will debut his new single, “Dalmanutha” on the 12th. (Dalmanutha, a thriving town that vanished upon the inception of the town of Casey, was on the Underground Railroad route, and is strongly tied to Casey’s beginnings).

Just a short 45-minute drive from West Des Moines, Casey business leaders have

issued an open invitation for music lovers to join in on the celebration. Tickets are $25 at the door and include appetizers. Cash bar will be available. All proceeds will go toward the community’s summer celebration planned for July 12, 13, &14 2019.

“People are craving live music and new adventures,” said Teresa Williams, co-chair of the Sesquicentennial. “We want to welcome visitors to our first of many celebrations this year and encourage people to experience small town fun!”

Casey was first platted in 1869 and became a booming railroad town in the early 1900’s. Community leaders are excited to open the newly constructed community building, embrace their new community brand and plan for economic growth for the future.

“The railroad is still active, Interstate 80 runs right by us and the passion of our business leaders has new momentum with new business opening and others planned for the coming year,” explained Williams. “As growth in the Des Moines area continues, Casey is a natural location for small business owners to keep in mind for doing business – we are ready for them – it’s full steam ahead for our community!”