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Campus Welcomes Thousands to Celebrate Township's 325th Anniversary

image of Sophia Wisniewska and the Nittany Lion sitting in a Corvette in the parade
photo by Susan Suplee
5/13/2011 —

Middletown Township made quite an impression during its 325th anniversary celebration and annual Community Day festival on Saturday, May 7 at Penn State Brandywine.

In addition to the more than 100 vendors and organizations that featured games, music, and great food and other items for sale, the Township kicked off the day of fun with a parade. Penn State Brandywine Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska made her way down the parade route in style, as she waved to onlookers from an American flag-clad corvette provided by the Delaware County Corvette Association.

The Township estimated that upwards of 2,500 people attended the festival throughout the beautiful, 70-degree, sunny day.

"We had a fantastic day this past Saturday for our annual Community Day and to celebrate our 325th birthday,” said Middletown Township Council Chair Scott Galloway. “Everyone would agree that it was a huge success, well attended and great weather! Thank you very much to everyone who spent so much time to make it a great day, and we look forward to next year!"

Community Day featured fun for all ages. There was face painting, clowns, a car show and food from local restaurants. Kids tackled each other in the moon bounces and took rides on the fire trucks. Attendees sang happy birthday to the township and bought various items or talked with vendors from dozens of local businesses.

"Middletown's 17th Annual Community Day and 325th anniversary parade was a huge success,” said Township employee and the event’s coordinator Debbie Timblin. “The weather was beautiful, Penn State Brandywine's campus was the perfect location and we could not have asked for better hosts. After four-and-a-half months of planning we are proud to say the day truly represented our mission statement: ‘Community, business and local government working together to celebrate the vibrancy and hometown pride of Middletown Township.’”

Sponsors for the event included the Middletown Township Department of Parks and Recreation, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, the Shirley Booth Team at Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, Franklin Mint Development Team, Penn State Brandywine, Trident Mortgage Company and the Middletown Business and Professional Association.

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