Susquehanna celebrates Hometown Days

BY TOM FONTANA
Correspondent

The Red Hat Ladies were awarded as First Place Float in the Susquehanna Hometown Days parade on Friday, July 18.  (Photo by Tom Fontana

The Red Hat Ladies were awarded as First Place Float in the Susquehanna Hometown Days parade on Friday, July 18. (Photo by Tom Fontana

Susquehanna Borough conducted its annual Hometown Days on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 17, 18 and 19.

The festivities opened Thursday night with the Teen Idol Contest, involving 18 contestants. First place winners in their age division were: Julia Schell (age 5-10), Chloe Milbauer (age 11-14), and Kayleigh Smith (age 15-18).

Friday evening, the parade left the high school line-up and headed down Broad Ave. toward Main Street, with fire truck sirens sounding and bag pipes wailing.

The march was led by this year’s Grand Marshal, Helen B. Foster, marking her 50th year as a journalist with the Susquehanna County Press and Susquehanna County Independent.

After the parade, trophies were awarded to the top units in the line-of-march. First and second place honors were given to the Red Hat Ladies and the Lions Club, respectively. Mark Lyons TransAm was recognized for its antique car, and the Susquehanna Fire Dept. Auxiliary was chosen as best walking group

The Maloney Pipe Band earned a trophy for its marching musicians, and Scout Troop 81 was spotlighted in the service organization category.

St. John’s Women’s Club was one of many local organizations offering chances on prizes at Susquehanna Hometown Days.  (Photo by Tom Fontana

St. John’s Women’s Club was one of many local organizations offering chances on prizes at Susquehanna Hometown Days. (Photo by Tom Fontana

Fire companies took home the following awards: Longest Distance: Uniondale; Oldest Engine: Clifford 1947 LeFrance; Best Appearing Engine: Hallstead Tower Truck; Best Appearing Ambulance: Barnes-Kasson Hospital; Best Appearing Brush Truck: Windsor Fire Co.; Judges Trophy: Great Bend Rescue Pumper.

Sponsors of Hometown Days included the American Legion, NJD BPW, Culnane’s Garage, Peoples Security Bank, Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna Borough, Little & Nelson Insurance Co., Schneider’s Market (Ron and Carol Dubas), Joe’s Disposal, and Mike and Neil Vaccaro.

The large fireworks display was well-attended on Saturday night, and visitors enjoyed the rides, lots of great food and desserts, and had the opportunity to take chances on a variety of prizes offered by several organizations that serve the community throughout the year.