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The organizing committee includes, from left: Charlene Tomasovitch, Andy Hegedus, Liz Luchansky O’Brien, Rich Kucharski, Bill Shevchik and Mayor Joe Tropiak.

Quasquicentennial. It’s a big word, not one you say every day.

But that’s what they’ll be celebrating in Throop this weekend as the borough commemorates its 125th birthday, with an event that includes games, rides, food, music and lots of entertainment.

“We first discussed celebrating the 125th anniversary of the borough’s founding in 1894 during the fall of 2018,” recalled Andy Hegedus, chairman of the Throop Borough Quasquicentennial Committee, “and then, in January, council made the decision to financially support and develop a borough-wide celebration of 125 years of ‘people, pride and progress’ in the borough” to be held at Washington Street Park, Washington and Loftus streets.

The event will kick off on Saturday, June 29, with a 5K walk/run that begins at 11 a.m. The park itself opens at noon. DJ Rob Callis will be spinning tunes until 3 p.m., followed at 4 by the Nothing Yet Band and at 8 by the Tommy Guns Band.

On Sunday, June 30, the park again opens at noon, with Joe Stanky & the Cadets taking the stage at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m., there will be a firefighters’ parade. The route will be Sanderson Street to Cypress Street to Murray Street. Sunday afternoon’s entertainment will include a clown/magic show, a performance by the band Kartune, a cornhole tournament (with $1,000 in cash prizes), juggler Rob Smith and, at 8 p.m. Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax. And there will be fireworks at dusk. Admission is free.

Throop Hose Co. No. 1 will hold a chicken barbecue dinner on Saturday and a pork barbeque dinner on Sunday. Dinner starts at noon and runs until they are sold out. Tickets are $9 and may be purchased by calling 570-383-1019 or from any member of the hose company.

Hegedus said the biggest challenge was the tight timeline they were on to get the event organized.

“Then the booking of vendors, getting participants for the parade, booking entertainment, logistics and planning.”

Hegedus said volunteers are needed on Saturday evening and Monday morning cleaning up the grounds.

“We are very proud of our Washington Street Park and wish to continue to keep it in the magnificent condition that it always is,” he said. “It is one of the jewels of our proud borough.”

Hegedus said he has been gratified by “the group of people who early on felt the calling to get involved and become part of the Committee. I thank each any everyone one of them for their efforts.”

Members of the committee include Richard Kucharski, Throop Borough Council president; Charlene Tomasovitch, council member and committee treasurer, Bill Shevchik, committee member; Elizabeth Luchansky O’Brien, committee member; and Mayor Joseph Tropiak, committee member and committee historian.

“I wish to thank everyone from the committee, the vendors, the parade participants, the residents of the borough, Throop Borough Department of Public Works and anyone that I may have inadvertently omitted,” he added, noting that this event “has been one of the most fulfilling moments of my life as a resident of this magnificent borough.”

However, Hegedus said, the best is yet to come.

“The greatest gratification for me will be the smiling faces of everyone who attends and participates in the celebration. It’s going to be Throoptastic.”