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Princeton ready to impress with Homestead Festival

Well, it’s official – the 46th annual Homestead Festival is here. It’s the biggest event in town, and for good reason. The festival committee and other volunteers have spent literally countless hours planning for every event that’s lined up for the three-day celebration.

Not only is it a celebration for those who live in the community, but it also brings people back to the town that they once called home.

Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve seen residents, city crews and volunteers sprucing up the town so we can put our best face on. The Rotary Club spent an evening weeding, trimming and edging Soldiers and Sailors Park. That’s a good thing. We’ve noticed as a longtime club member, the Rotary Club has always been a financial contributor to so many worthwhile organizations and projects, but now the club is actively participating in hands-on projects as well. It’s just indicative of a renewed sense of pride and commitment that is felt by so many in the community.

The community is as vibrant as we’ve ever seen it. For those of us who live here, we’ve seen the steady improvement of so many things in town – new stores, updated building facades, an upgraded Interstate exchange, upgraded parking both on the north- and south-end business districts. The Amtrak station is going through a major upgrade, as is the adjacent Darius Miller Park.

Just imagine the reaction of those returning to town for the weekend, whether for a class reunion or visiting friends and family.

Another milestone celebrated this weekend is the 150th year of Princeton High School. The first class inducted into the newly created Hall of Fame was inducted last night before the varsity football game. The BCR has produced a 144-page hardcover book full of pictures taken over the past 150 years – many of those taken by renowned local historian, Bill Lamb. Thankfully, his collection of more than 100,000 original photos are in the stewardship of the Bureau County Historical Society. Copies of this edition will be on sale today at the Historical Society, during the annual tour this morning at PHS, and before the parade next to the Prouty Building.

Looks like the weather is going to be perfect – so enjoy the festival as we’ve got a lot to be proud of.

Bureau County Republican

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