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Walla Walla celebrates 150th birthday

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- People in Walla Walla celebrated two big birthdays on Wednesday, the nation's and their town's.

Hundreds of people filled Pioneer Park in Walla Walla to celebrate the city's 150-year anniversary.

Events included an re-enactment of some of the town's historic moments, performed by actors dressed up like famous Walla Walla residents.

There was also plenty of food and games for the kids.

But some people we spoke with say the celebration has a bigger meaning for them. "I wasn't born and raised here, but I love this kind of celebration," explains Jackie Richards Higgin of College Place. 

And father Michael Robbins of Walla Walla said the town has made a important impact for him and his family, "I've been here for the past 12 years and it's been a great town and I enjoy being able to celebrate."

The Sesquicentennial celebration also brought out some big names like Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and several local elected officials.