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Old fire truck in the first New Wilmington parade Old fire truck in the first New Wilmington parade
New Wilmington band leading the parade New Wilmington band leading the parade
Market Street, the original and current location of the event, during the first New Wilmington celebration Market Street, the original and current location of the event, during the first New Wilmington celebration
Horses leading the parade Horses leading the parade

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - This weekend, the community marks 150 years of existence with a two-day celebration.

The community, which was founded in 1863, had a two-week celebration 50 years ago when it turned 100 years old.

This year, the New Wilmington Borough and Chamber of Commerce planned the two-day sesquicentennial event, including new and old-fashioned forms of entertainment.

A parade will kick off the festivities on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., followed by open ceremonies, music, games and arts and crafts.

The night will end with a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico at South Market Street Business District.

Sherie Babb, councilwoman for the New Wilmington Borough, says this will be the largest celebration for the New Wilmington area, and that they are expecting close to 2,000 people.

"We're trying to bring the old, as much as we can pull off from years ago, and then of course bring in a lot of the things that people like to do today, like the cornhole tournament. They didn't do that 150 years ago," says Babb.

Babb and the Chamber met about a year ago to begin planning the event.

Beth Brooks, former council member and current member of the Chamber, says she joined the committee immediately because this is a cause to celebrate.

"I've worked on the planning of this from the beginning. It's a little hard to be humble when you're a resident here because we've got everything; new residents, long time residents, there is a great feeling of love and support here. It's a safe community. There is a rich heritage, and the college is like the little jewel right in the middle," says Brooks.

Babb says the word spread over the summer and New Wilmington residents were eager to come forward to help as well.

"A lot of the people who were there, who helped 50 years ago, came forward. A lot of locals, a lot of business people. I had at least 30 people in my committee, and at least 10 of those people really took their part of the committee and ran with it," Babb says.

The event will showcase talent including local bands, singers, artists and authors.

"I never realized we had so many talented people in our town," Babb says. "I knew of singers and bands, but there are so many authors too."

Brooks says that the people in the town contribute to what makes it so great, especially the young people and the Amish.

"This is a peaceful town, and I think a lot of it filters down to be surrounded by these god-bearing people (the Amish) that live as we all should live. For them, community is everything. They ground us, and I think that's one of the biggest advantages of living here," says Brooks.

The memorabilia from the event, as well as what was saved from the 100 year anniversary, will be collected after the festivities for a time capsule. The capsule will be opened in 2038.

The capsule, and other parts of the event, was sponsored by a large group of local and family owned businesses.

The festivities will end on Sunday at 4 p.m., after what Babb says will be more of a "low-key" day. A car show with more than 100 participants will be the main attraction on Sunday.

"I can't imagine not being entertained throughout both days," Babb says.

For more information, and a full list of times and events, visit the city's informational website.

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