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Sarah Crowder

People usually fall into two categories when it comes to celebrating a birthday: Either they don’t like to be reminded that they’re another year older; or they embrace it, with some extending the celebration into a birthday week—even a birthday month.

I bet you can guess what type of celebrant our fair city of St. Louis is. This weekend marks the official 250th Birthday Weekend of the founding of St. Louis, with plenty of festivities to mark the occasion. But the party doesn’t end there: There will be concerts like St. Louis at 100 at The Sheldon and the stl250 Spotlight Series at Jazz St. Louis; there will be exhibits such as the yearlong 250 in 250 at the Missouri History Museum; and there will be jubilation—from this weekend’s Biggest Birthday Ball to the Fair St. Louis extravaganza. And did I mention cake? You’ll be seeing lots of it—250, to be exact—as part of the community-wide Cakeway to the West campaign.

Just like the 1904 World’s Fair, 2014 is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone for the city. Stand proud, St. Louisans, and join the celebration!