New Castle News

July 29, 2013

Photo Gallery, Story: Centennial bash

Bessemer wraps up 100th anniversary celebration with parade, street fair

Kurt Stalma
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The streets of Bessemer were filled with excitement and nostalgia Saturday.

People came out early in the morning to continue a four-day celebration of the borough’s 100th anniversary.

The sidewalks were filled with anticipation as a parade began just after 11 a.m.

The parade was led by Boy Scout Troop 721, followed by firetrucks from nearby townships, Mohawk High School’s dance line, majorettes, cheerleaders and marching band, and many others.

Karen Hutch, treasurer of the centennial committee, said the turnout was fantastic.

“The parade was magnificent,” she said. “It was a lot longer than it has been in the past.”

After the parade’s conclusion, guests made their way to the town square to enjoy food vendors and various forms of entertainment. Mohawk’s dance line and cheerleaders performed for guests in front of the fire hall.

Throughout the day, prizes were handed out for correct answers to trivia questions about the borough’s history, the first question being, “Why did Bessemer become a borough?” Guests laughed when the correct answer — “So they could sell alcohol” — was announced.

State Rep. Chris Sainato and Dave Badger from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs both presented Mayor Bill Martin with citations honoring the borough’s centennial.

“Bessemer has a great history, and this recognition wishes and extends best wishes for continued success and a prosperous future,” Badger said.

Martin said that he was proud to accept the citations on behalf of a proud community with a rich history.

There were plenty of attractions to be found throughout the day, including a tractor and car show, a ducky derby sponsored by the Bessemer Volunteer Fire Department and a Chinese auction.

The band Trainwreck took center stage at 6 p.m., leading up to a fireworks show at the evening’s end.

Hutch said it was a long and stressful journey to get to this point, but it was worth it.

“We all pitched in to make this happen,” she said. “We had a really great showing of community support.”