Spring City celebrates 150 years
Parade just one of sesquicentennial events marking incorporation of borough in 1867
SPRING CITY » Music, applause and cheers were among the sounds that could be heard Aug. 12 as a community celebrated 150 years of pride.
If you take a look at the history of Spring City, you’ll read that Main Street was the center of activity for the borough since its beginnings in 1867. That was never more true than on Saturday when residents of Spring City and neighboring areas lined up along Main Street to witness the Sesquicentennial parade that celebrated 150 years, to the day, of Spring City history.
“We had a few marching bands including the high school alumni band, the middle school band and two string bands from Philadelphia,” explained Spring City Councilman Eugene Sweeney about the parade. “We had a num- ber of local fire departments, local police departments and organizations like the masons and Spring City Library.”
As the groups processed down the street, they were met with applause and waves as guests watched the performances.
“I brought Emma here because she just loves parades and it’s just a great celebration. 150 years is a lot,” said Sandy Fota of Limerick Township, who was there with her daughter, Emma. “We really love seeing the bands and hearing the music.”
That sentiment was shared by many.
In between marching band performances, parade-goers waved to officers in patrol cars and firefighters in their trucks as they tossed candy to kids along the curb.
“The big thing was the level of community spirit,” added Sweeney, who helped organize the ses-
quicentennial events. “Every time I asked a business for anything, they all said yes. There was a park contest this year and we came in first and second place in two different categories and that’s really just because the community, this year, has really gotten involved with things that we’re doing.”
Saturday’s events were the culmination of a year long series of celebrations honoring the borough’s rich history. Among those events were the kickoff celebration in March which featured two spe- cially brewed beers by local brewery, Tuned Up, as well as a “Sesquiserenade” in which the New Spring City Marching Band travelled around the borough playing for residents. Residents also got to experience Community Day on May 20 as well as the Spring City Car Show on June 18 and the Hot Air Balloon Festival on Aug. 11.
On Saturday, the celebration continued after the parade with a festival at Brown Street Park. The festival featured a beer garden by Tuned Up Brewing, the opening of the centennial time capsule and a fireworks display to end the night.
A performance by The Greater Overbrook String Band made for a flashy show Aug. 12as residents celebrated the 150th anniversary of Spring City.
Community members lined the streets Saturday awaiting the beginning of the Sesquicentennial Parade.
Residents of Spring City were treated to a variety of music and entertainment as groups made their way down Main Street Saturday. Folks were celebrating the 150th anniversary of Spring City with a parade, time capsule opening and fireworks.
A member of the Bonsal Blues Band focuses as hemakes his way down the street Saturday while playing the trumpet. The band was part of the Spring City Sesquicentennial Parade that took place Saturday.
Candy could be seen flying on Saturday as parade participants tossed treats to the audience.
The Spring-Ford Masonic Lodge was one of several community groups who made an appearance at the parade to celebrate Spring City’s 150th anniversary Saturday.
A baton twirler from the Philadelphia Freedom Band performed Saturday during the Spring City Sesquicentennial Parade. The group was among several bands that made an appearance for the event.
The Spring-Ford Golden Ram Alumni Marching Band made their way down Main Street Saturday with flair as they helped celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Spring City.
The Spring-Ford Middle School Marching Band captivated parade-goers Saturday with their musical performances during the Spring City Sesquicentennial Parade.
Children scrambled to grab the handfuls of candy that were thrown during the parade Spring City Sesquicentennial Saturday.
Masked parade participants put on a creepy display Saturday as they rode down Main Street in the Spring City Sesquicentennial Parade.
An officer from the Chester County Sheriff’s Department stops to say hello to guests that gathered along the street for the Sesquicentennial Parade Saturday.