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1890’s Day in Mansfield!

Take a step back in time this Saturday!

 

by Amiee Jones - September 22, 2016

The fabulous 1890’s Day is around the corner, and with it comes all of the “old-timey” festivities the Mansfield area has come to know and love. David Cummings is head of the 1890’s Day planning committee, and has been orchestrating the event since its conception in 1992. Joyce Tice has been the treasurer for years, and also plays a key roll in coordinating and executing 1890’s Day each year. So, who better to ask about this iconic celebration?

For those who may not be familiar, 1890’s Day commemorates the first night football game played under lights (Sep. 29, 1892). The Mansfield Fair was in full swing, at the time, and the company we know as General Electric was bringing their state of the art generator to exhibit their newfound electrical capabilities. They also, provided the lights for that significant football game, played on Smythe Park.

One hundred years later, when David Cummings was planning the first 1890’s Day, as a memorial of that first night game, he contacted GE about their integral role in the event. That interaction resulted in GE producing a commercial featuring Mansfield’s game being the first to take place under lights. The advertisement ran both nationally and internationally. Quite a noteworthy recognition of this remarkable, historic record, held by little-old Mansfield, Pa!

Since then, 1890’s Day has been going strong as an annual event. This year is particularly festive, as it is the 25th anniversary of the celebration. Spectators can enjoy a community parade in the morning, vendors and activities throughout the day, and a reenactment of the original football game, followed by a fireworks show. The day will be packed with fun that will not disappoint!

Another significant aspect of the occasion this year is that it coincides with a celebration called “Sister Cities”. This is a time for Mansfield’s from around the world to come together. There are over 30 participating Mansfield’s, from different towns and countries. During the Sister Cities celebration, dignitaries from these towns and cities come together in one of the locations. This year, they are meeting in our very own Mansfield, Pennsylvania.

With all of this current excitement, and historic fun, 1890’s Day is the place to be. This Saturday, September 24th, located on Smythe Park in Mansfield, with the community parade starting at 11:00 a.m. You don’t want to miss it!

Credits:

Idea/Concept: Amiee Jones

Videography: Andrew Moore

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Amiee Jones

Anchor: Sara Vogt

Correspondent: Amiee Jones

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Matthews Motor Company

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