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Wabash Founder's Day details released

Staff Report

The Wabash Founder’s Day Festival and Parade Committee, presented by the city of Wabash and the Wabash County Museum, has announced details for the second annual event to be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, according to a Thursday press release from Mitch Figert, president and CEO of the Wabash County Museum.

“After the success of last year’s event, the committee has added numerous activities that will allow individuals and families to enjoy activities all day in downtown Wabash,” stated Figert.

The event will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of Carrol and Canal streets, and will head east on Canal Street to Huntington Street. The parade will then travel west on Market Street back to the Honeywell Center. The parade has over 110 moving pieces and the committee expects more entries to sign up over the next few weeks. The 2019 parade is co-sponsored by Mutual Bank and Wabash Tri-Kappa.

“We look forward to the creativity of Wabash County’s businesses, organizations and community members to enter a variety of entries that represent our great community,” stated Maria Smyth, festival co-chair.

Before the parade, there will be many activities, including the Wabash County YMCA’s annual Dash in the Bash, which will begin at 8 a.m.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Wabash County YMCA will also be holding a Diaper Derby on Miami Street near Schlemmer Brothers. Participation for the Diaper Derby is free and registration opens on site at 8:45 a.m.

There will be other family-style activities prior to the parade on Miami Street between Market and Canal streets provided by The Dance Experience and Wabash Carnegie Public Library (WCPL).

Vendors will be set up at Paradise Spring Historical Park. A variety of food trucks will be ready to serve lunch following the parade, and over 60 vendors will have products and services. Also, living history re-enactors will be on-site at Paradise Spring Historical Park near the cabins throughout the day.

“It is exciting to see how quickly this festival has grown,” stated Mitch Figert, who also serves as festival co-chair. “What started as a simple idea around a table has grown to a full day of events, thanks to the work of several volunteers and the incredible support of our community.”

A variety of family-friendly activities have been added this year. These include pony rides sponsored by the WCPL and hayrides sponsored by Brandt’s Harley-Davidson.

The Sweet Beats, a Beatles tribute band, will play from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Paradise Spring Historic Park, and will be presented by First Farmer’s Bank and Trust and the city of Wabash.

Many downtown merchants will be featuring sales and special hours. The festival will conclude at around 4:30 p.m.

More information is available by calling Wabash City Hall at 260-563-4171 or the Wabash County Museum at 260-563-9070, or by visiting the festival’s website at www.wabashmuseum.org/foundersday.