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Dallastown 150th celebration postponed until June 4

Christopher Dornblaser

Update: The Dallastown Borough 150th Celebration has been postponed until June 4 because of the weather. The event will happen rain or shine.

Previously reported: The community park in Dallastown will see a surge of activity Saturday as the borough celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The celebration will act as a kick-off for a summer of celebration for the borough's sesquicentennial, culminating in a parade taking place in September.

The day: Saturday's event will kick off at noon and will end at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

In celebration of the anniversary, three former mayors, Eugene Gemmill, Louis Castriota and county commissioner Chris Reilly, will be present alongside the current mayor, Terry Myers, according to a release.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the Dallastown Blue Silk and Satin Alumni Band, Cheap Sneakers, Mark DeRose, and That Band.  For kids there will be old-fashioned games, a bounce house and mechanical bull-riding. Food, nonalcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase as well.

Visitors staying late can see fireworks starting at 9 p.m.

Preparation: Planning started months ago, according to Priscilla Hoffman, entertainment chairwoman for the event.

“We don’t want to go to the historical direction of it, we wanted to make it more fun,” she said, adding that the parade in September will focus more on the historical aspect than Saturday's celebration.

She said the event won't be like the carnival that is held there, but the day will still be "jam packed' with things to do.

As part of the preparation process, the borough held a logo design contest for art students at Dallastown Area High School.  Alyssa Blouse and Taylor Zubkousky designed the logo for the borough.

The two students designed individual logos at first.

"We couldn't decide on one logo," Hoffman said. She said the logos were then put together with help from art instructor Thomas Myers.

The logo will be used on banners, stationary, T-shirts and souvenirs.

“Those banners will line the streets,” Hoffman said.

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