Smyrna celebrating 160th birthday

The heart of Smyrna, at the intersection of Whites Bridge and Button roads, will be celebrating 160 years of history Saturday. The community was established in 1853. — Daily News/Cory Smith

SMYRNA — This weekend, the community of Smyrna will be celebrating the history of the small Otisco Township town, which was officially established in 1853.

Several events being held Saturday for the 160-year anniversary of Smyrna will take place in the historic Maccabee Hall at 5010 Whites Bridge Road. — Daily News/Cory Smith

The Smyrna Social Club, which dates back to 1902, will host “160 years of Smyrna” on Saturday.

“We’re hoping to attract a lot of people from nearby communities to come out and enjoy the festivities,” said Smyrna Social Club Vice President Kim Pennock. “There’s a little something for everybody.

The day starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at Maccabee Hall on the corner of Whites Bridge and Button roads. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can enjoy the car, truck and motorcycle bike show at Otisco Township Hall. At the same time a Farmers Market and craft show will be available for visitors to browse through.

The public is invited to attend a celebration of Smyrna’s history beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, which will consist of several events including a car show, pancake breakfast and farmers market. — Daily News/Cory Smith

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., children will have the opportunity to have their faces painted at Maccabee Hall. At 11 a.m., a hot dog and burger lunch will be served, lasting until 2 p.m. From 1 to 2 p.m. a remote control air show will be on display.

To conclude the festivities, everyone is invited to attend an ice cream social from 3 to 4 p.m.

According to Pennock, along with celebrating the history and community of Smyrna, efforts will be made to raise funds for maintenance and repair of Maccabee Hall.

Other Smyrna businesses, such as the Smyrna Bar, have planned special events of their own as for visitors to partake in.

“Smyrna itself used to be a pretty good sized town, with a train depot, several mills and a post office,” Pennock said. “We hope everyone can come out and celebrate this unique history with us.”

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