PA Bacon Fest returned to Easton on November 6th and 7th, after being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. I am happy to report that the celebration of all things bacon related came back strong. Bacon Fest has become the most popular event in Easton, drawing thousands of people from many points in PA, NJ and beyond.
I live just a few blocks from Centre Square, Easton, so attending PABF was quite easy for me and I paid a visit on both days. Here are a few pictures.
Another highlight of Heritage Day this year was a visit by the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The magnificent horses arrived in Centre Square at about 4;20 pm and they really captivated the crowd. The Clydesdales are well known for their size, but seeing them in person gives one a new appreciation for just how large and beautiful the legendary horses are. Each Clydesdale is between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds!!
After stopping in Centre Square for about 15 minutes the Clydesdales proceeded to head down the east end of Northampton St. toward the Northampton St. Bridge (the Free Bridge), which connects PA to NJ.
The Clydesdales then headed up Spring Garden St. returning to the point they started at….
Easton’s annual Heritage Day celebration, was held this past Sunday on July 9th. Easton, like every other town and city in the U.S.A. celebrates the 4th of July, but the big celebration of the American Independence in Easton occurs on Heritage Day, which is always held on the weekend following the Fourth of July. The highlight of Heritage Day is always the reenactment of the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the citizens the town square. Easton, Pennsylvania was one three cities where Declaration was read aloud to the citizens back in 1776. The other two cities were Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ.
Here is a video of the Declaration of Independence arriving in the Centre Square of downtown Easton. Fortunately, the weather was great last Sunday. I had my fingers crossed the the
And the Main Event…. the reading of the Declaration to the good citizens of Easton. The original reading took place on July 8th, 1776 at the courthouse that was at located in Centre Square. The courthouse is no there, but the stage is close to where the reading took place.
Pictures from in and around Centre Square on Heritage Day….
This past weekend an Amtrak Autumn Express excursion train travelled to the Lehigh Valley from New York City and it was a truly historic event because it was the first time in several decades that a passenger train had actually passed through Easton, Bethlehem and Allentown, the three major cities of the Lehigh Valley. The train then continued west to Harrisburg and Lancaster. After a stop at Lancaster the train headed south to Philadelphia and then north back to New York.
The first Autumn Express train left New York at 8:30 am on Saturday morning, Oct 29th, and crossed the Delaware river at approximately 10:20 am., entering Easton as it headed west the Bethlehem and then Allentown. I made my way to the site of the old Easton Passenger station to watch the Autumn Express roll by. I fairly large crowd of train enthusiasts, including the the mayor of Easton, had gathered to welcome train. A similar crowd formed to Allentown, including the mayor of that city as well, to greet train.
Here is video a shot of the Autumn Express arriving at the site of the former Easton Passenger Station on the morning of Saturday, Oct 29th,
I enjoyed seeing the train so much on Saturday that on Sunday morning I decided to go to a spot right below the railroad bridge that the Autumn Express would cross the Delaware so I could capture that on video.
Later that morning I shot a brief video explaining why it was such a thrill to see the Autumn Express in Easton and why many in the Lehigh Vally would love the see passenger train service return to this area.