May Boyertown Day Event Postponed Due to Shortages

The Philadelphia Avenue office (at top) of Building A Better Boyertown

BOYERTOWN PA – Boyertown Day, a new event that was planned for May 21 (2022; Saturday) by the Building a Better Boyertown organization to celebrate “everything that makes Boyertown unique,” is being postponed “due to staffing and material shortages” for a prospective casket race.

The race was to have been a “capstone activity” of the day. It was intended to herald the role the Boyertown Burial Casket Company played as a major local employer for nearly a century and, during a 20-year period, as the second largest casket-maker in the world.

Building a Better Boyertown, in a Wednesday (April 27) announcement, did not elaborate on the shortages or their causes. The postponement, however, indicates only a delay, as its website noted. “We will revisit Boyertown Day & Casket Races in 2023!,” it pledged.

The organization’s 20th anniversary dinner, which was to have been part of the event later in the evening, also has been postponed but is expected to be rescheduled later this year, it said.

Still ahead on the group’s calendar are:

  • The Boyertown Evening Market, scheduled between May and September on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 4-8 p.m. at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles parking lot;
  • An Oktoberfest Tasting Preview on Sept. 22 (Thursday) from 5-8 p.m. at Brakeman’s Café;
  • Its 15th annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 23-24 (Friday and Saturday) evenings in the Town Center parking lot;
  • Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26 in downtown Boyertown; and
  • The holiday-themed Chillin’ on Main event Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Philadelphia Avenue and across the downtown shopping district.

Building a Better Boyertown is a non-profit that it said “seeks to preserve Boyertown’s artistic, historical, and agricultural heritage by providing the Boyertown community with physical improvements, unique opportunities, and social interactions for businesses, residents, and visitors alike.”

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