In 2018, Wilson Borough Council began planning for Wilson Borough’s 100th Anniversary, taking place in 2020. This was the first time the Borough sponsored a community event of this size since the 75th Anniversary in 1975. The Wilson Borough Council established the Wilson Borough Celebration Committee to plan our Borough’s Centennial Celebration as well as create & organizing community events throughout the year. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, planning stalled through 2020. We then focused on special events held in Wilson Borough, including the Easter Bunny’s journey through the town and the virtual Christmas tree lighting.

As restrictions were relaxed, 2021 saw the completion of the planning & formation of the Centennial Celebration. In addition to the Committee’s tireless planning, we also had the support of Wilson Borough Public Works, who installed new infrastructure in Meuser Park to hold this event & future events, our Borough Manager Jill Garcia and her team on grant applications, our police & fire departments working diligently to keep the community safe, and even our Council President at the time, Tony Verenna, donating his own time & resources, all helped to make this event successful. The event was held on October 14, 15, & 16, 2021, for three days of family fun with rides, food, and top musical acts from the area, along with local businesses, vendors, and non-profits. 

Wilson Borough Celebration Committee was incorporated in 2020 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose purpose is to participate in community events to promote a sense of unity among residents. Following the Centennial Celebration, we began organizing other community events. Our first Halloween Parade was held to the delight of community members at the end of October. In November, the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in person was revived in conjunction with Wilson Borough Block Watch and Wilson Borough Lions Club.

Since its inception in 2018, the Wilson Borough Celebration Committee has been in charge of planning & executing events, but it has a minimal number of volunteer helpers. As we planned this Centennial Celebration, one theme became apparent - “Small But Mighty.” A small but dedicated group of volunteer planning board members helped organize this 100th-anniversary event. Like many organizations in Wilson, finding volunteers is a challenge. The community is essential for these groups to succeed. Helping with the most minor tasks can make a big difference. Youth sports, school booster programs, & even other community clubs all rely on volunteers to function. We hope that the energy of planning these events will encourage more people to volunteer. We always need volunteers, donations, sponsorships, and vendors that could help. Support our Borough & Celebrate Wilson!