Daring stunts and feats of artistry will be on display in the form of two new sideshows at this year's New Albany Founders Day.

Daring stunts and feats of artistry will be on display in the form of two new sideshows at this year's New Albany Founders Day.

The festivities will begin with an 11 a.m. parade and will be followed by a full slate of activities from noon to 5 p.m. May 21 at the New Albany elementary parking lot at 87 N. High St. For more information, visit newalbanyfoundersday.com.

Stacy Adkins, a Founders Day festival committee member, said the addition of the sideshow entertainment was the result of searching online for different acts.

"We just thought it was a way to kind of get everyone involved (and bring something new to the festival)," she said.

The first entertainer, a spray painter, will produce landscapes and other picturesque images in minutes, Adkins said, and he will give away his paintings to those around him.

"Hopefully that will be a crowd-pleaser," she said.

The other entertainer will perform stunts, such as walking on glass and escaping a straitjacket, Adkins said.

He also will perform magic tricks.

The celebration will feature local vendors, food and rides and inflatables for children, she said. Although admission is free, the carnival rides will require tickets.

The theme for Founders Day is Paws on Parade, which will be reflected in the design of the parade floats, Adkins said. The planning committee also reached out to local animal shelters and nonprofit organizations.

Each year, a community nonprofit organization is recognized during Founders Day, she said.

This year's award will go to the new Rocky Fork Metro Park in northern Plain Township. The park opened last August.

The parade grand marshal will be former mayor Nancy Ferguson, Adkins said.

The parade will begin at the Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Road, loop around to Market Street, travel past Eagles Pizza and finish at the 2-5 elementary building, she said.

Ferguson said she is honored to lead a community tradition since the 1970s.

"I feel like the community and the residents are really good friends, and we've been through a lot of challenges together," she said.

Ferguson served as mayor from 2004 to 2015 and on the village council from 1998 to 2003. She did not run for re-election last November.

Ferguson said she and other city leaders accomplished many things together during her tenure as mayor, but the most significant might be making good on a campaign promise to build the local tax base.

Because of New Albany's increased income-tax revenue created by economic-development efforts, city leaders can do more for residents and help support the New Albany-Plain Local School District, she said.

"Ten years later, I think that has been one of the most successful things that we've done," Ferguson said.