WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A festive event wrapped up Saturday night in downtown Wilkes-Barre. It combines a milestone birthday with a seasonal celebration.
“We’re partying like it’s 1871,” said Mayor George Brown.
Crowds of people came out to downtown Wilkes-Barre Saturday to take part in the city’s sesquicentennial celebration.
“I think it’s a great, packed event. I really feel that it has everything to offer and it really celebrates 150 years of Wilkes-Barre,” said Henry Baut from Shavertown.
The birthday bash included electrifying performances by three bands. It also featured plenty of craft vendors and food trucks serving up delicious dishes.
But the fun didn’t stop there. As a kickoff to the fall season in NEPA, the party was paired with the city’s inaugural Oktoberfest. Two local breweries set up shop on Public Square.
“The Susquehanna Brewing Company, I knew was going to be here with the beer trucks so that made me kind of want to kinda come out and try all the beers,” said Paul Stolarik.
As a new tradition is met with a nod to the past in the Diamond City, Mayor George Brown looks forward to the future.
“It’s very rich in history, but we’re making history too. We’re making history today and we’ll continue to make history,” explained Mayor George Brown.
Wilkes-Barre officially became a city in 1871. Before that, it was a borough that was established in 1806.