Bicentennial celebration underway in Union County

LEWISBURG – Those traveling down Market Street in Lewisburg can now see the first Union County Bicentennial Banner, marking the 200th anniversary celebrations taking place in Union County in 2013. Union County Commissioner John Showers says they have been planning for the bicentennial for five years.

 

Showers said, “There’s been a group of about 22 who have been planning for the bicentennial. The original intent, and we are pretty much sticking to that, is that we are taking existing community events and expanding them by giving them a bicentennial twist.”

 

Showers says there are about 60 events with the bicentennial officially beginning March 22nd. He gave some of the history surrounding the bicentennial.

 

Showers said, “March 22nd was the day that the state general assembly partitioned Union County out of Northumberland County. Actually in 1813, Union County consisted of what is today Snyder and Union County. And on that same day, Columbia County was also taken from Northumberland County.”

 

The bicentennial committee has debuted a website that will feature all of the events taking part during the bicentennial celebration and also an online store for bicentennial items you can purchase. The website is www.unioncounty200.com. (Ali Stevens)

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