Old Home Week kicks off weeklong celebration of community on Monday
The confluence of 150 years past and a present extravaganza will form a week of merriment starting this weekend at the western end of Schuylkill County.
Tower City and Porter Township will be reveling in the Tower-Porter Old Home Week Celebration in conjunction with the municipalities’ sesquicentennial with the main event kicking off the 150th anniversary on Saturday, while Old Home Week officially begins Monday, according to Peter A. Hoffman, Tower-Porter Old Home Week Committee treasurer and sesquicentennial committee member.
The Old Home Week events will run from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through June 29 and noon to midnight June 30 at the carnival grounds at 1 Midway Road, across from the Tower City American Legion, while the Saturday sesqui event will be held at noon at the adjacent American Legion Ballfield, he said. The cost to enter is free; wristbands for rides are only $12.
“In addition to celebrating the 150th anniversary of Tower City and Porter Township, the annual Old Home Week Celebration is a weeklong event that is in its 71st year of operation,” Hoffman said. “The event was started in 1947 as a welcome home event for our area veterans. It provides the guest with a jam-packed week of rides, bands, great food, fireworks and just goodtime family fun. With the sesquicentennial happening in conjunction with Old Home Week this year, there is a large parade set for Saturday, June 30.”
The sesquicentennial’s big event, held just before the beginning of Old Home Week, will be the opening of a time capsule buried in 1968, which in turn will breed another new event.
“One new item of interest at the carnival grounds is the start of the installation of memorial/honorary bricks that were purchased by residents. These are proudly displayed on the Midway office wall. A unique feature of this wall is the fact that the 1968 Centennial Time Capsule Vault marker was used as it’s cornerstone.”
From the opening of the 50-yearold capsule, Old Home Week will run all week starting Monday and ending with “Super Saturday,” according to Hoffman.
That Super Saturday will include another few new events for Old Home Week in addition to the sesquicentennial attractions. At 1 p.m., the Legion Ballfield will become a lot for drivers to show off their vehicles at a Car Shine & Show. Then, if four wheels are two too many, a Bicycle Stunt Show will be held at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. The day will culminate with a fireworks show at 10:45 p.m.
The Old Home Week Celebration had ebbed in attendance in the past, but is making a turnaround, Hoffman said.
“Old Home Week went through a decline for many years, but the current committee members made the decision to return the event to its glory days from yesteryear and did just that starting with the year 2011. Old Home Week has become one of the biggest small-town carnivals in the State of PA.”
For more information, visit Tower Porter Old Home Week Celebration page on Facebook.
Sweet Addiction will kick of the entertainment of Old Home Week from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday. The weeklong celebration will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through June 29 and noon to midnight June 30 at the American Legion carnival grounds, Tower City.