On January 22nd, Vestal will be celebrating its 200th anniversary as a town. 

Although the anniversary is technically the 22nd... the town will be holding a big celebration on the 21st with fireworks, food, and winter activities, at Arnold Park.

From there, there will be major events held once a month for the rest of the year to appreciate the Bicentennial milestone, along with smaller events scattered across the months as well.

Town Historian Margaret Hadsell explained that in March they plan to have an antique roadshow type event take place, allowing for residents to get items appraised and more. In June there will be a parade followed by their usual Front Street Day to get people out and about.

They'll also have an antique car show in July, with an evening on the Rail Trail featuring wine and food later that day.

To help set up events of your own for the celebration -- you can email [email protected]

You can also purchase ads to be featured in the town's bicentennial brochure, alongside Vestal history and photographs.

An official website to check out the monthly calendar and any other details should be up and running in a few weeks.

Hadsell explained that as a historian she's enjoyed the process of preparing for the historic celebration.

"But the neat thing was all of the different things that even growing up in the Town of Vestal, I had no idea about, and discovering them," she said. "Finding all of those neat little pieces of history, and interweaving those with what's there and what most of us know about has been a lot of fun."

She added that she plans to have a book out in the spring that she's been writing in light of the milestone year.