Hamilton Township is planning its 200th anniversary in style.
Members of the Mays Landing Business Association and the township have begun preparations to plan a weekend full of events at Lake Lenape to celebrate the township’s bicentennial in June, said association President John Kurtz.
The celebration for Hamilton Township, which was founded in 1813, will be held June 29 and 30 at the lake. This will replace the annual Hometown Celebration, which is usually held in downtown Mays Landing.
The larger area will allow the association — which sponsors the annual event — to expand what it normally offers, including extra activities and more rides and attractions, he said. There will also be plenty of parking, he said.
The association is working with the township to supply flags that would be placed along the township to commemorate the bicentennial, Kurtz said. The association would tie the milestone with several smaller events during the year to get the word out, he said.
“We want to make everyone aware of it,” he said.
There are also plans to involve more local organizations and schools with the event, he said.
The actual activities are still being planned and they depend on how much funding is available, Kurtz said. The township has pulled money for the event in recent years due to budget cuts, but Kurtz said they are lining up corporate and individual sponsors.
Committeewoman Aline Dix said she remembers celebrating Mays Landing’s 250th anniversary in 1960, and residents dressed in clothing and men grew beards from the 1710 period.
Dix said she doesn’t know how elaborate the celebration will be, but residents will have time to make decisions. The committee has been trying to find ways to get more residents active in the township, and this could be a way to reach out, she said.
“This is all about coming together as one community and celebrating a birthday,” she said.
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