Knapheide donates $100,000; named presenting sponsor for Adams County Bicentennial Celebration

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From left to right, Bo Knapheide, Chuck Scholz, Adams Co. Bicentennial Chair; Kent Snider, Adams Co. Board Chair; Ryan Niekamp, Adams Co. Clerk and Bryden Cory, Adams Co. Treasurer. -Photo by Shane Hulsey

QUINCY — Adams County will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2025, and a company that has called the county home for 176 of those years will be the celebration’s presenting sponsor. On Wednesday, Knapheide presented a $100,000 check to the Adams County Bicentennial Commission at the Knapheide headquarters in Quincy.

“Adams County has been a great home for us. We’re really proud to call it our headquarters,” Knapheide President and CEO Bo Knapheide said. “It’s a big part of who we are as a family business. We’re proud to celebrate.”

While Knapheide has expanded to more than 30 stores across the country, one thing has remained constant: its headquarters have never moved from Adams County.

“Through all these years, one thing that’s been consistent is that as we’ve grown nationwide, this has been home,” Knapheide said. “This community is still such an important part of who we are. There’s been a lot of change over the years, but our home remains the same.”

The Adams County Bicentennial Commission’s theme is “educate, celebrate, commemorate.” They have plans to visit every school in Adams County, put together a video commemorating the anniversary, put markers where significant events occurred or where places used to be, among other things. 

Commission Chair and former Quincy Mayor Chuck Scholz said Knapheide’s status as a Quincy staple made it a no-brainer as the presenting sponsor.

“It’s the perfect match,” Scholz said. “We had these ambitious plans, and now we have the funds to carry them out.”

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