Dering has helped guide the development in the town as a Plan Commission member during the last 16 years.
“It’s been a joy to watch,” Dering said.
He said he’s been involved in many events celebrating town milestones since serving as the entertainment chairman at Merrillville’s 10th anniversary. Saturday was no different as he offered DJ services for the 50th anniversary celebration.
The Christian Revival Center, which has long been located in the north end of Merrillville, also provided musical entertainment as the choir performed Saturday outside of Town Hall.
“We’ve got a reason to celebrate today,” said Michael Otano, pastor at Christian Revival Center.
In addition to the music, the event featured free food that was donated by a variety of local businesses as well as a chance to get up close to the town’s police, fire, public works and stormwater vehicles.
Lifelong resident Craig Lamb was happy all town departments had stations available at the event so residents can learn more about municipal operations.
“I like that they showcased a little bit of each,” Lamb said.
Town Councilman Jeff Minchuk was thankful for the “great turnout” at Saturday’s event and for the efforts of the committee that organized it.