STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The city of Starkville put the finishing touches on a special milestone by holding a parade and party on the plaza Saturday.
The sound of bagpipes was one of many attractions for a parade which featured all that Starkville had to offer.
On Saturday morning, the parade made its way down Main Street as part of city efforts to celebrate 175 years.
"It's pretty amazing, you know, and this is a great town to live in and it's a great community," Starkville resident Janet Donaldson said. "We're just very blessed and happy to be a part of it."
"Over the years, it really has grown," Oktibbeha County resident Stephanie Ming said. "We are really participating in a lot of things, lots of activities for the kids. We're so glad that everyone came out to enjoy it."
It's not just local residents who find Starkville appealing; students say they feel welcome in the city as well.
"It really speaks a lot about a community [where you] can -- no matter if you're a resident or student -- come out here, have a good time and be proud of being from Starkville," Mississippi State University student Eryn Taylor said.
Those who now call Starkville their home say there are so many reasons why they find the area so inviting.
"It's a small town, but it's still big," adds Catherine Williams, Starkville resident. "There's a lot going on with the students. It's everyone's hometown. I haven't lived here that long. I worked for Cadence for 15 years and moved here to Starkville and lived here for four years."
With city leaders saying Starkville is one of the fastest growing cities in Mississippi, many say they're looking forward to the next birthday bash when the city of Starkville turns 200 years old.
"Twenty-five years from now, we'll be celebrating 200," said Williams. "We can't wait for that."
"Starkville is really expanding," Starkville resident Kelsey Pedersen said. "25 years from now we should have a really big celebration and we all look forward to it."
"You see, Starkville's changing and you see people moving back here," said Jennifer Prather, special events & projects coordinator for the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. "We're very excited, not only about the 175 years that Starkville's had, but moving forward 175 years and the way that Starkville is going to evolve."
Following the parade, the party on the plaza gave people a chance to gather for food, fun and fellowship.