Blendon Township turned 200 years old Friday, March 6.

Blendon Township turned 200 years old Friday, March 6.

And to emphasize the bicentennial, township leaders are hoping to celebrate the anniversary at each of Blendon's public events throughout the next year.

Township Administrator Bryan Rhoads said that concrete plans aren't finalized, but highlighted Blendon's Concerts at the Park series at Ridgewood Park as a consistent venue for celebrations, along with the dedication of Phelps Acre Park -- under construction since July 2014 -- and the township's Memorial Day ceremony.

"As we move closer to each public event we will determine a unique way to celebrate our history," Rhoads said.

The township, originally called Harrison Township when founded in 1815, changed its name to Blendon in 1824.

"We hope to share this celebration with as many guests as possible," Rhoads said in a news release.

"Township government predates many governments in Ohio, and that is something to be proud of. We have survived for 200 years, and we are encouraged for the future."

Blendon Township Trustee James Welch said the board of trustees would like to celebrate the township's birthday "at every possible event" in 2015.