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VPCC to host Goodwill Fire Co. centennial celebration

Press release was first posted on thevelodrome.com and sent out to the local media on July 15, 2016.

TREXLERTOWN, Pa. –The Valley Preferred Cycling Center and the Goodwill Fire Company have been neighbors ever since the construction of the concrete crater 41 years ago. Last summer, VPCC celebrated its 40th anniversary and the fire company helped commemorate. This year, it is VPCC helping with the anniversary celebration.

On Saturday, July 16 the Valley Preferred Cycling Center is set to host the 100thanniversary of the Goodwill Fire Company community celebration.

“We are honored to host this celebration,” VPCC Events and Communications Manager Juliann Masenheimer said. “The Goodwill Fire Company does a lot for us here at the track, as well as the community overall. Both of us pride ourselves on giving back to the community, so hosting our neighborhood friends was something we really wanted to do here in T-town.”

The Goodwill Fire Company, which is stationed in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania began in 1916 and has been serving the community ever since. On Saturday, it is inviting all members of the community to celebrate the first century.

The day begins at 1 p.m. with the Four County Fireman’s Parade which starts at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on the corner of Hamilton Boulevard and Weilers Road. It then travels east on Hamilton Boulevard towards the 1760 Pub’N’Grille, where the judges will be stationed. The procession then makes a right turn onto Trexlertown Road and ends at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Bolt, VPCC’s mascot, as well as junior riders from T-town Elite, VPCC’s Junior Performance Academy, alongside Olympic gold medalist and their coach, Marty Nothstein, will travel in the parade.

Following the parade, the community celebration in T-town begins. The A-treat Breakaway café as well as VPCC’s Beer and Wine Stand will be open, featuring a beer garden on the VeloDeck.

The afternoon festivities at the velodrome include proclamations from several local leaders such as U.S. Representative Charlie Dent and Nothstein, who is a Lehigh County Commissioner.

Additionally, the Woodland String Band is scheduled to perform their theme for 2016, Jurassic Park. Also, the School’s Out Band is set to perform as well.

The final event of the day is a trophy presentation, honoring the best floats in the parade. That ceremony will take place at approximately 5pm. The event officially ends at 8pm.

The chairman of the event, Dennis J. McArdle, wants to see plenty of community members out enjoying the festivities.

“I hope they all come out to help us celebrate and join us in starting another century of serving our community,” he said.

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