HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILCO
Austin suburb marks its county's 175th anniversary with downtown celebration
Have you ever sung happy birthday for a county? Well, now you have a chance: Williamson County will commemorate its 175th birthday with a two-day celebration on March 10-11, plus a smaller gesture on March 13.
Officially founded on March 13, 1848, Williamson County was named after former Texas Ranger and Republic of Texas Supreme Court Justice Robert McAlpin Williamson. The increasingly popular city of Georgetown is celebrating by opening The Williamson Museum on the same day in 2023, outside of normal operating hours. Visitors can learn about the 175 years in a new exhibit while enjoying a "small birthday celebration and treats."
The public is invited to a larger ceremony the Friday before, March 10, on the east side of Georgetown’s historic downtown courthouse at 2 pm. Cake will be provided to attendees on a first come, first served basis while local entertainment carries the party from the afternoon into the evening. There will be a performance by '90s cover band Zoodust at 6:30 pm, with an eye-catching laser light show to close out the evening at 7:30 pm.
For some added fun, the city of Georgetown has also planned a birthday party-themed installation in the city's "Market Days" event series at the square from 9 am to 4 pm on March 11. The county will provide an abundance of family-friendly activities for all party-goers, including a bounce house, train rides, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and more.
All members of the public are invited during both celebration days from 12 to 4 pm to contribute to a new mural painting in commemoration of Wilco’s 175th birthday.
Later this month, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravel will honor the county’s founding by reading a special resolution during a Commissioners Court meeting at 9:30 am on March 21.
More information about these events can be found at wilco175.org.