Preparations in full swing for Swaledale’s 125th birthday

A lot of things have changed in Swaledale since John Drury, the town’s mayor, was a kid growing up there. Old businesses have come and gone, and new ones have taken their place. Its population has taken a small dip to around 165, although its residential tax base has grown. And there are fewer farms these days.

But one thing has not changed since the town was originally founded in 1892: its heart is still beating, alive and well.

Swaledale’s past, present, history and heritage will be commemorated with a 125th Birthday Celebration at the end of June.

“Swaledale means a lot of things to a lot of people,” Drury said. “125 years is a landmark for any small community. I think it’s important for the townspeople to recognize that, and celebrate it.”

The celebration will kick-off on Saturday, June 24, and feature inflatables in the park, a flea market, a softball tournament, a car show and a magic show, among other activities. In the afternoon there will be a Big Day Parade, followed by a pork dinner in the park and a street dance in the evening. Entries are currently being sought for the parade, such as fire trucks, individuals with horses and anyone with a classic car they want to show off.

Read the full article in the May 18 edition of the Enterprise.