Saxonburg Celebrates 185th Anniversary
Jun 01, 2017 02:24PM
By Jennifer Monahan
Last year, members of the Saxonburg community gathered to celebrate the town's anniversary.
On Saturday, July 15, the Saxonburg community will come together for a day-long celebration to mark two significant dates: the 185th anniversary of the town’s founding in 1832 and the 175th anniversary of founder John Roebling’s successful patent for his wire rope process in 1842.
Roebling, in addition to founding Saxonburg with his brother, Karl, designed suspension bridges in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Niagara Falls and—most famously—the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
The celebration kicks off in the morning with a parade, complete with honor guard, the Knoch High School marching band, floats, fire equipment, historic cars, tractors and more. An afternoon street party will immediately follow. In honor of the borough’s German heritage, German music groups will perform throughout the day. Food and craft vendors will be set up along Main Street, which will be closed to traffic for the event.
Other highlights include tours of the Saxonburg Museum and a ticketed reception and dinner with Roebling historian Clifford Zink. Zink will offer the keynote address at dinner, and members of the Roebling family will participate in festivities throughout the day.
Organizer Fred Caesar of the Saxonburg Area Business Association (SABA) and Discover Saxonburg said the idea grew from realizing the significance of 2017 for both the town’s founding and other noteworthy historical events like the patent, the birth of John Roebling’s son, the death of Karl Roebling and the establishment of the Hotel Saxonburg. The group decided to capitalize on an already popular event—Saxonburg’s monthly summer Mingle events on the third Thursday of the month. In honor of the town’s founding, the July Mingle event was moved to Saturday and expanded to include the parade and other community events.
Monthly Mingles promote local businesses and have drawn enthusiastic crowds to sample local vendors’ wares. Saxonburg boasts a number of locally owned shops and businesses featuring gift items, crafts, antiques and more.
Batch, Curds & Molds Fromagerie, Mimi’s On Main, the Saxonburg General Store, Danna’s Natural Foods and C. Matus Company Carpentry & Millwork are just a few of the unique shopping destinations that visitors can check out. The town is charming, iconic and has retained much of its original heritage, with some century-old buildings and a small-town feel.
“We are excited to welcome a lot of one-day ‘Honorary Saxonburgers’ to our community,” Caesar said.