Mont Alto is getting ready for a centennial celebration that officials hope will be one of the biggest birthday parties the borough has seen.
The three-day celebration from July 12 to 14 includes a long list of activities such as parties, a picnic, games, food and a visit from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
“It’s a milestone that we’ve reached in our history,” borough council President Dennis Monn said.
While pioneers settled in the area as early as 1762, it wasn’t until 1913 that Mont Alto was incorporated, said Charles Kauffman, president of the Mont Alto Centennial Committee.
Corbett will be grand marshal of Mont Alto’s Centennial Parade on Saturday at 2 p.m.
“I am honored to be a part of Mont Alto’s historic celebration. Towns like this are truly the heart of Pennsylvania and America — rich in history, beautiful in its surroundings, and filled with good, honest people. Who wouldn’t want to spend a day or a lifetime in such a town?” Corbett said in a written statement.
The Pennsylvania State Police Mounted Color Guard will lead the parade, which begins on Park Street, goes to the square on to Main Street and ends at the carnival grounds, parade Chairwoman Carlene Willhide said.
Willhide is hoping for at least 50 entries in Saturday’s parade.
“We encourage people to participate in the parade,” Willhide said. “We want to show our support and show our governor that we stand behind our community.”
Those who would like to participate in the parade may call Mont Alto Borough at 717-749-5808 or Willhide at 717-372-6238.
After the parade, there will be a free community birthday party at the Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Department.
The borough’s celebration kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with opening ceremonies at the fire department, followed by an old-time block party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the fire department’s event complex.
From 5 p.m. until dark, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides through “old-town” Mont Alto, Kauffman said.
A Firemen’s “Shirt-Tail” Parade begins Friday at 10 p.m.
“It’s good, clean fun for the entire family,” said Chad Miller, chairman of the parade.
Miller said so far, about seven fire companies have signed up to participate in the parade.
“If you want to get wet, that’s the parade to come to,” Miller said. “There’s going to be a lot of siren blowing, a lot of water and a lot of fun.”
The mile-long parade route will begin at Penn State Mont Alto’s Penn Gate dorms No. 1 and No. 2 on University Drive, then proceed down University Drive to Reynolds Avenue to Constitution Avenue. The parade then travels to Aspen Drive to Greenwood Street, and ends at the carnival grounds.
On Saturday morning from 8 to 10 a.m., the fire department’s ladies auxiliary will serve a pancake and sausage breakfast at the fire company. The cost is $5.
From 8 a.m. to noon, free trolley tours of Mont Alto can be taken.
On Sunday at 10 a.m., the Rev. Samuel Sheffler will lead an ecumenical church service at Mont Alto State Park off Pa. 233. A community picnic in the park will follow at 11 a.m.
The picnic is free, but tickets are needed for admission. Tickets may be obtained at the borough office.
The final event of the celebration is the burial of a time capsule near the borough office at 2 p.m.
For more information about Mont Alto’s centennial celebration, go to www.montaltoborough.com.
Schedule of events
The following is the schedule of events for Mont Alto’s centennial celebration:
Friday, July 12
- 6 p.m. — Opening ceremony at Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Department
- 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Old-time block party at Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Department
- 5 p.m. to dusk — Horse-drawn guided tours through “old-town” Mont Alto
- 10 p.m. — Firemen’s Shirt-Tail Parade
Saturday, July 13
- 8 to 10 a.m. — Pancake and sausage breakfast at Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Department
- 8 a.m. to noon — Trolley tours of Mont Alto
- 2 p.m. — Centennial Parade, followed by a community birthday part at Mont Alto Volunteer Fire Department.
Sunday, July 14
- 10 a.m. — Ecumenical church service at Mont Alto State Park
- 11 a.m. — Community picnic
- 2 p.m. — Burial of time capsule near the borough office