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Moore planning 250th bash

On Aug. 29 and 30, Moore Township residents and others will enjoy a host of activities, concerts, contests, tours and races at the recreational center on English Road.

Moore Township is turning 250 years old this year and, with this grand age, the township's board of supervisors is planning a weekend anniversary celebration.

Moore Township was formed in 1765 and is a rural community with 38 square miles. The township has six mailing addresses, which include Bath, Nazareth, North-ampton, Danielsville, Walnutport and Wind Gap.

The board's secretary and treasurer, Richard "Dick" Gable, said there is a lot happening.

"Boy Scouts are going to camp out. We're going to start things off with a 5K race followed by a hot air balloon lift off out of our football field. We're going to have pony rides, train rides, moon walks, things like that for the kids," Gable said.

A tractor parade, a hot dog eating contest and fireworks are also on the list of activities for the celebration. Three bands already booked to perform are Crazy Hearts, Desire and Friends.

State Reps. Marcia Hahn, R-138th, and Julie Harhart, R-183rd, will be in attendance. Gable also plans on inviting state Gov. Tom Wolf.

Gable said the initial planning for the 250th anniversary celebration began last January. Gable has a committee made up of township residents.

"Right now I have about 10 people on my committee that meet once a month," he said.

In order to help with some of the expenses, the township is selling Westerwald Pottery. Located in Scenery Hill, Westerwald Pottery specializes in uniquely individualized handmade pottery. Their recognizable colonial-like designs accent town names and dates.

The pottery for the township fundraiser reads "Moore Twp PA Est. 1765." They are $20 each and can be purchased at the Moore Township building, Lattemann's Corner Store & Deli or National Penn Bank in Moorestown.

Moore Township also has a Facebook page that shares photos, information and recent announcements about the pottery fundraiser and anniversary celebration. You can visit their page on Facebook by searching Moore Township 250th Anniversary.

"This is the first time we've ever had a celebration," Gable said. "There was no 200th anniversary, no 150th, nothing. This is the first one. So this is really big."

PRESS PHOTOS BY STACEY KOCH Richard 'Dick' Gable stands next to a display of items Moore Township is selling as a fundraiser for the 250th anniversary celebration. T-shirts, mugs and Westerwald Pottery are available for purchase.