Sunday, September 10, 2023

Mahanoy City's Annual Community Day Attracts Thousands with New Train Rides

MAHANOY CITY — On Saturday, the borough of Mahanoy City came alive as it celebrated its annual Community Day, marking yet another successful year for this tradition. 

The event, which seems to grow larger and more exciting with each passing year, showcased the borough's thriving businesses, local vendors, and vibrant community organizations.

Centre Street, stretching from South 1st Street to Catawissa Street, was filled with a colorful array of vendors and artisans, creating a lively atmosphere that captivated attendees of all ages. Meanwhile, the intersection of Main Street and Centre Street was temporarily closed to allow the All-Star Polka Band to take center stage, while rock enthusiasts were treated to a captivating performance by the band "Hooligan" near the St. Luke's Health Center, the former Service Electric Building.

One of the standout additions to this year's festivities was the introduction of train rides courtesy of the Reading & Northern Railroad. Drawing scores of train riders, this new attraction proved to be a significant crowd-puller. Hundreds of visitors flocked to the attraction, eagerly boarding round-trip trains. These 70-minute train excursions whisked passengers away to Tamaqua and back, featuring a scenic route that included traversing two tunnels, providing a unique perspective of the picturesque landscape.

The inaugural train ride of the day had a notable presence, with State Legislators Senator Dave Argall and Representative Dane Watro enthusiastically participating. Senator Argall and Representative Watro expressed their delight, stating, "What a great day for Mahanoy City. We've been on many train rides, but never along this section of track. It was a lot of fun."

Jeffrey Bowers, President of the Mahanoy Area Chamber of Commerce and one of the event's key organizers, shared some impressive statistics from the day's proceedings. Nearly 1,000 people hopped aboard the train on Saturday, spreading across three separate train runs.   Bowers specifically thanked Ettore DiCasimiro and & Skytop Fuels Inc. for their work at the train station.

The entire event was organized by the Mahanoy City Community Events Committee, ensuring a memorable experience for all who attended. 

The borough of Mahanoy City can look back with pride on an event that once again brought its community together in celebration. 

Story/Photos/Video by J. Reed / Skook News