Youngsville Planning 200th Birthday Party

bklein@timesobserver.com

Youngsville Borough, the “Biggest Little Town on the Map,” celebrate its bicentennial from Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30.

A number of events are planned for the weekend to commemorate the founding of the borough by Matthew Young in 1813.

Friday night fish fry will be available at the Youngsville Fire Hall from 4:30 to 7 p.m.. A town scavenger hunt starts at Island Park at 7 p.m. with a cash prize for the winner.

Island Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Artist and craftsman demonstrations will be held f and food vendors will also be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Moments in History Parade will start at 11 a.m. on North Main Street and run to Bates Street and will represent four different eras of history in Youngsville.

“The parade is divided into 1813, 1913, 1963, and 2013,” organizer Phyllis Wolfe said.

Any organizations or individuals who would like to participate in the parade can contact the borough office at 563-4604. Cash prizes will be given for first, second and third place.

State Rep. Kathy Rapp will read a proclamation, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs will give a presentation at 1 p.m.

Historic children’s games based on “simpler things” children would have played including the three-legged race, jacks, marbles, water games, hoop race, stilts and wheel barrow races will start at 1:30 p.m, Wolfe said. Games for adults will include horseshoes, arm wrestling, tug of war and sack races.

A historical walk, the same one presented by Sherwood Mead in 1963, will leave from Island Park at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

A number of contests will be held on Saturday as well and include the best beard contest with prizes for longest beard, most unique beard, grayest beard and best overall beard. Entries for each contest must be submitted by Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m. at the Island Park building. Judging will begin at 3:30 p.m. An audio recording of the 1963 play “A Beautiful Prospect”, written by Franci Rhodes will play throughout the day at the Island Park building.

Youngsville’s best bakers can enter the apple pie contest with two divisions, one for under 17 and one for 18 and older. Each pie must be made from scratch, crust and filling and must be baked in a nine inch disposable pan. A card with a list of ingredients and contact information must be attached to the back of the pan.

The best dressed contest will include four different time periods from 1813, 1863,1913 and 1963 and winner will be selected from each category.

Events on Saturday will end with fireworks at the Rouse Estate at dusk.

A free community picnic will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 at the Island Park pavilion. Lunch is served first come, first served with 150 spaces available and table service provided. The gospel band Pslam 150 will perform after lunch.

Anyone interested in helping or joining the bicentennial celebration can contact the borough at 563-4604.