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Wabash Founder's Day Festival set for Saturday

Staff Report

The Wabash Founder’s Day Festival and Parade has been set for this Saturday, according to a Friday press release from, Mitch Figert, president and CEO of the Wabash County Museum.

The Wabash County YMCA will be holding its 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 before the parade on Miami Street between Market and Canal streets.

The parade will start promptly at 10 a.m. and has over 115 moving units this year. The lineup for the parade will take place on Carroll Street and the parade will begin at the intersection of Carrol and Canal streets. It will travel east on Canal Street to Huntington Street. The parade will then travel west on Market Street back to the Honeywell Center.

The 2019 parade is co-sponsored by Mutual Bank and Tri Kappa.

Beyond the parade, the festival will include a variety of activities for all ages. This year, vendors will be set up at Paradise Spring Historical Park. A variety of food trucks will be ready to serve lunch and over 50 vendors will have products and services to sell and highlight. Living history re-enactors will be on-site at Paradise Spring Historic Park near the cabins throughout the day.

A variety of kid and family activities have been added this year to the festivities at Paradise Spring Historical Park. These included the old fashioned merry go round featured last year, a petting zoo sponsored by Wabash Carnegie Public Library, and hayrides sponsored by Brandt’s Harley-Davidson. Area churches and organizations will have family-style activities available throughout the day.

The Sweet Beats, a Beatles tribute band, will play from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Paradise Spring Historic Park. The Sweet Beats are 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 around 4:30 p.m.

“The committee would also like to thank Wabash Pizza King and Modoc’s Market for sponsoring the volunteer stations during the event. Also, the Wabash County Solid Waste Management District for serving as the 2019 Media Sponsor and also ensuring recycling containers are available during the festival,” stated the release.

To receive the latest updates on the festival and parade the committee encourages guests to follow them on Facebook by searching Wabash Founder’s Day Festival and Parade. More information can also be obtained by calling Wabash City Hall at 260-563-4171 or the Wabash County Museum at 260-563-9070, or by visiting the website at www.wabashmuseum.org/foundersday.