The first heat wave of 2008 did not deter residents and officials of Trumbauersville from celebrating 100 years as a borough with a parade and a fireworks display on Sat., June 7.Despite temperatures that topped 98 degrees, the festivities, which were in held in conjunction with the borough's annual Community Day, were well attended.
"In spite of the oppressive heat," said Council President Ed Child, "Community Day was a great success."
"The parade participants, particularly those who walked, deserve a lot of credit for hanging in there for the entire parade."
Shortly after 3:00 p.m., the Trumbauersville Centennial Parade rolled through town led by members of the John Rivers Memorial VFW Post 11322.
Not far behind were the members of Trumbauersville Borough Council waving and distributing candy as they rode by in everything from an antique Ford to a brand new Chevy Corvette.
Trumbauersville Junior Councilperson Billy Roberts along with PA State Representative Paul Clymer followed in their own convertible Chrysler.
Hot on their tailpipes were three councilman from
Quakertown Borough, the
Department sporting their new engine, and fire and emergency service vehicles from numerous municipalities in the area.
Among them were Souderton, West End, Quakertown No. 1, Richland Township, Richlandtown Borough, Hilltown Township, Pennsburg, Perkasie, Telford, Silverdale Borough, Dublin, Springtown, Milford Township, and Sellersville fire departments, and St. Luke's and Grand View EMS.
Three musical acts also performed during the parade including the Loch Rannoch Pipe "Drum Band, the Allentown Hobo Band, and the Philadelphia Mummers Woodland String Band.
Local Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Troop 13, as well as local Daisy Troop 2111 also braved the heat walking proudly with banners in hand.
Some even constructed floats, such as Christ United Church of Christ (UCC) whose members rode in a large arc and Spor's Store, who built an oversized birthday cake surrounded by presents with a sign hung from the back of the float that read "Happy 100th Birthday Tville."
Even businesses from outside the borough got in on the action with J "J Construction of Quakertown and the North Penn Goodwill making an appearance.
And in anticipation of the scorching sun and harsh humidity, Mayor Melissa Baine, just days before the event, feverishly contacted local businesses to secure donations of bottled water to be handed out to marchers.
At one of several water stations along the parade route were five young ladies, sisters Savannah and Sarah Kerns, Josephine Harvey, Lybertee Lightner, and Zena Brenner, who rushed out to tired and parched participants with uncapped bottles of ice-cold water.
Additional water was provided at the staging area located at the Trumbauersville Fire Hall.
Once the parade reached the stage, Baine and Child were presented with a citation of recognition from Congressman Patrick J. Murphy (D-PA), who also walked in the parade.
And finally, to conclude the procession, the fire department officially housed its new engine.
"Papa can we win a real fishy?" little five-year-old Zepporah Zotter asked her grandfather as she sat eating a hot dog at a shaded picnic table behind Trumbauersville Fire Hall.
Zotter, like many of the youngsters at the Community Day and Centennial Celebration, had heard about the Christ United Church of Christ's free contest, where the prize was a live goldfish.
The line at the UCC booth was almost as long as the refreshment lines when Aiden and Garrett Mykulowycz stepped up to try and put a ping-pong ball in a fishy bowl.
While the contest was free, each child was limited to three ping-pong balls per turn, but could return to play as many times as they liked.
Aiden, 5, was unsuccessful in round one, but his brother Garrett, 2, scored a goldfish on his third toss.
The UCC contest was not the only game there was to play.
Cub Scout Troop 13 hosted a ring toss charging a dollar to play, but promising that everyone was a winner.
There was plenty of food with the annual Strawberry Festival and pig roast hosted by the Lions Club and a variety of assorted refreshments provided by the UCC and Christ Lutheran Church.
In addition, the Trum Tavern supplied event-goers with free wings and cheesesteaks and gave out prizes.
As for commemorative merchandise, borough officials and the centennial committee manned their own booths where t-shirts, history books, and crocks could be purchased and glow sticks and lanyards were distributed.
The subject of a contest appropriately named "Where in the World is Trumbauersvilleft," the t-shirts sold for $5 for youth, $7 for adult, and can still be acquired by contacting Trumbauersville Borough Hall.
The contest, sponsored by the borough's centennial committee began on Community Day and will run through the end of 2008.
T-shirt-purchasers are asked to photograph themselves wearing the t-shirt in the location farthest from Trumbauersville, in the most unique location, or in the most interesting or original pose, situation, or gathering.
The 250-page history book, still available at borough hall, goes for $15 per copy and is not only an updated version of the book published in 1976 to commemorate the nation's bi-centennial, but includes significant events that have taken place in the borough since that time.
Similarly, if anyone left the festivities without a pottery crock adorned with the year of incorporation and centennial year, crocks can still be purchased for $18, $20, and $35 by contacting Barb Haff at 215-536-5582.
The day wrapped up with a brownie bake-off and fireworks display.
"After the parade," Child said, "everyone enjoyed the Trumbauersville Lion's Club strawberry festival and pig roast, the Sundance Band and the fireworks."
He added, "If you missed it, the fireworks display was one of the best performances I have ever seen; it seemed like a 45-minute grand finale."
Trumbauersville Borough was not the only one celebrating a milestone on Saturday. Residents Clare Morgan and Tom Conley exchanged marriage vows administered by Mayor Baine at their Main Street home.
After being pronounced husband and wife, the newlyweds settled into comfy chairs in front of their home to watch the parade pass by.
Mayor Baine and Trumbauersville Borough Council would like to thank Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Giant for donating bottled water for the event, local car dealerships for donating the parade vehicles, the parade organizers and participants, the volunteers who handed out water, and all the residents who helped to make the day a memorable success.
Upper left: Mayor Melissa Baine. Lower Left: Former Mayor Albert Haynes with Congressman Patrick Murphy.