New Albany gearing for 34th Founders Day
For the past 33 years, the residents of New Albany and Plain Township have been celebrating their heritage with a big festival in May.
This year will be no different.
Stacy Adkins, a member of the Founders Day planning committee, said the May 16 event, titled "Connecting the Fun," will host favorites like carnival rides, vendors and performers.
Founders Day will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection on Dublin-Granville Road and will roll down Market Street through the village center.
The rest of the day's festivities will be held at the New Albany K-1 building on Swickard Woods Boulevard until 5 p.m.
A few new things also will be part of this year's Founders Day celebration.
Adkins said the event will feature more inflatable rides, a bigger children's area, a photo booth, balloon twisters and face painters.
She also said cartoon characters would walk in the parade and would be available for photos during the day.
Players from the Columbus Crew, along with Crew Cat, also will be at the event.
She said a few other things would be added to the lineup, but they aren't set in stone yet.
For now, Adkins said, she and the other committee members are looking for nominations for a grand marshal. They will accept nominations until April 13.
Last year, residents Jim and Kathy Mayhorn served in the honorary position.
"We have not received any (nominations) yet," Adkins said.
She said they hope to announce the grand marshal by April 15, adding that the grand marshal would be honored during a May New Albany council meeting, along with the New Albany Women's Network, which is being honored with the committee's community-connection award.
Those who want to submit a grand-marshal nomination should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.newalbanyfoundersday.com.
"The grand marshal is really just a kind of way to recognize an individual that has been active in the community," Adkins said. "There is a proclamation that will be read by the mayor. They walk around the event and talk to people."
Adkins said her favorite part of the event is in seeing the community come together.
"I love getting everyone together," she said. "My favorite part is just walking around and seeing the kids. It's definitely fun."