Water tower lighting picture

Jeanne Neath takes a photo of the “Tin Man” water tower after the lighting ceremony on June 6, 2017.

A celebration of the anniversary of the lighting of the “Tin Man” water tower will include free ice cream cones in the park.

The event starts at 8 p.m. after Thirsty Jones finishes playing the Sounds of Summer kickoff concert Tuesday, July 17, in Waterman Triangle Park, 101 Janesville St.

The party will include a costume contest, in which kids under 12 who have the best Tin Man outfit will receive coupons for free ice cream from Ziggy’s BBQ Smokehouse.

To mark the one-year anniversary, the Village of Oregon, the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce and Ziggy’s Ice Cream Parlor teamed up to offer the ice cream, with village leaders doing the scooping.

Last June’s lighting of the Tin Man culminated years of work, which also included renovating the old pump house, now home to the Oregon Welcome Center. Randy Glysch led much of the fund-raising and organizing effort.

Glysch worked with village public works director Jeff Rau and chamber executive director Judy Knutson to commemorate the event.

The cost of the Tin Man restoration was about $85,000, split between funds raised from the community and village borrowing. That included painting, engineering and lighting costs.

Glysch said the illuminated 30,000-gallon water tower is “a focal point in the village.”

“It’s become a reborn village icon,” Glysch said.

Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@wcinet.com