The Chestnuthill Township 250th Celebration is moving along, thanks to its committee.
The celebration is to commemorate the formation of Chestnuthill Township in 1783. Over the years, Chestnuthill was broken up into four townships that became Eldred, Polk and Ross Townships. All four townships are working together on the celebration events, and together they formed the Chestnuthill Township 250th Celebration Committee.
President Norman Burger said that the committee has permission to use the West End Fair grounds from Sept. 6-8, 2013 at a cost of $300 a day for three days. They plan to ask some of the food vendors who service the West End Fair, (such as church groups, organizations, etc.) to see if they would like to set up for that weekend.
Old fashioned games were also mentioned, such as sack races, egg/spoon race, tug of war, cake walk, etc.
They're planning on a parade and the committee approved a route that would start at the back of the fairgrounds, right onto County Park Road, right onto Fairground Road, right into the fairgrounds parking lot entrance and back to the starting point for a total of less than a mile on Saturday, Sept. 7. The rain date is Sept. 8.
Groups should contact the committee if they would like to participate in the parade. They're hoping to have the Pleasant Valley Marching Band, fire companies, old cars, floats, youth groups, such as 4-H and Boy and Girl Scouts, and community groups march in the parade. Fire police will be needed to direct traffic. They will also need a lot of volunteers, a possible road permit, insurance, participants and port-a-potties.
Burger said he is writing more narratives to be included in the commemorative book, and he will be going to Pleasant Valley schools to talk about local history.
The Night of Unity is at Pleasant Valley High School on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. The committee will have a table there with volunteers in period clothing (late 1800s-early 1900s).
Carol Kern, director of the Western Pocono Community Library, has given the group permission to use the library's display case from January through September of 2013 to promote the history of the West End. The first display will be a Native American display. Other ideas for future displays are kitchen tools, medical, butchering items, schools, barn making, politics, clothing, harvesting and tools.
Sponsor forms are now available to help defray the costs of the events. If interested, contact Burger at (610) 681-7561 or visit the website at www.chestnuthilltwp250th.org.
The next 250th Celebration Committee meeting is Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Township Park building.