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Mercer County Celebration Hopes to Take Visitors “Back to the Future”


A freelance journalist is looking for folks to share stories about the heydays of downtown Princeton in Mercer County. The project launches during an annual street festival meant to “Celebrate Princeton”.

Organizers of the 9th Annual Celebrate Princeton street fair are hoping to mark a turning point for this year’s festival.

After hosting the Mercer County event for years, the Princeton Public Library reached out to volunteers with The Princeton Renaissance Project, which is working to revitalize downtown by restoring a theatre, and hosting events on Mercer Street.


The Carpenter Ants are expected to perform at the festival.

A large part of celebrating the past at this year’s festival will come with the launch of “Memories of MercerStreet,” an oral history project. Freelance journalist Scott Noble is looking for folks to share stories about the heydays of downtown. Noble will be setup with a camera throughout the day at the festival. The footage will be housed in Princeton Public Library’s video archive. 

Other attractions include carnival rides, bounce houses, face painting, an art show, apple pie baking contest, car show, live music, and more.

The day will conclude with the movie “Back to the Future” in the park.


The band Distraction is expected to perform at this year’s festival.

The festival is this Saturday, June 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Mercer Street and downtown Princeton in Mercer County.  All events are free and open to the public.

Food, art and many other items will be available for purchase. The street will be closed to traffic. For more information on any of these events including a schedule, call 304-425-6425.