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Auburn to Celebrate 122nd Birthday with Downtown Party

The Auburn Downtown Association, in cooperation with the City of Auburn, is throwing a party to celebrate Auburn’s 122nd birthday, the first annual celebration. Festivities will run from 4 to 8 PM, on Friday, June 14, 2013 at City Hall Plaza, 25 West Main Street. The celebration will honor Auburn's history with local musicians, food and a beer garden featuring local craft beers. Proceeds from this event will go to the Auburn Food Bank.

“The event will include mobile food vendors, local musicians, displays of our history--including our hops history and a special birthday cake and cupcake table," said Auburn Downtown Association Executive Director, Laura Westergard. “We will have commemorative beer mugs available for purchase at the Auburn Downtown Association booth.”

The event was the brainchild of Councilmember John Holman, who said the city should celebrate its tenacity and sense of community.

“Our city has persevered through the devastating loss of hops in 1890, through floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters over the years," said Auburn Councilmember John Holman. “But we’ve also grown into a great community with a diverse population of over 72,000.”

Auburn became an incorporated city in June of 1891. At that time the city was called Slaughter, named after Lieutenant William Slaughter. A monument was erected in 1981 in the memory of Lieutenant Slaughter and still stands in a local park. The city lies between the confluences of the White and Green Rivers and the valley soil reaped crops of vegetables, fruit and hops.

Today Auburn is the 14th largest city in Washington State. It is home to a Boeing manufacturing plant and many successful aerospace industry businesses. Zones, a billion dollar national provider of IT products and solutions is headquartered in Auburn. In 2013 Auburn was named an All-American city and has received a Tree City USA designation for ten years in a row. It is also a Storm Ready City and KaBoom's Playful City USA. Auburn is also recognized for hosting the largest Veterans Day Parade west of the Mississippi.