Founders’ Day returns Saturday
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Prepare to step back in time as the Founders’ Day celebration descends on historic downtown Tunkhannock this Saturday, June 22, and is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
Although the Gay’s True Value Store on Bridge Street that gave birth to Founders’ Day 32 years ago is soon to become a memory, the hardware giant has merely changed its address in town and hopes its friends will check out the new quarters at 189 East Tioga Street.
Much of the main thorofare will be closed along with parts of Warren and Harding streets, with festivities beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 4 in the afternoon.
The Wyoming County United Way will hold its 20h annual Duck Derby, with more than 30 prizes valued at approximately $3,000. The drawing is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the duck pond.
The Wyoming County Historical Society will have an open house with three local authors, and artists from the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts will be exhibiting paintings, offering many for sale.
The Whipple Dance Studio will be providing much of the theatrical and musical entertainment during the day, along with the T-Town Twirlers, Endless Mountains Barbershop Chorus and ebven a puppeteer.
Other groups will also be involved in entertainment, and the Dietrich Theater will help visitors take a step back in time 150 years with an exhibit in the theater’s lobby that looks at Wyoming County’s involvement in the Civil War.
After all is said and done in town with Founders’ Day, the Dietrich/Wyoming County Cultural Center will also present “The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock” at Lazybrook Park at 7 p.m.
Coordinator Nancy Parlo said to expect a record number of vendors – more than 150 – from all over the area to be on hand, and help celebrate Tunkhannock’s roots
While there is a separate Founders Day tabloid section in today’s paper, if you’re in town and lost, please stop by the Founders’ Day Welcome Center at 16 E. Tioga St., which is the Wyoming County Press Examiner office.
Many of the vendors, non-profit and civic organizations, will be providing information on programs and services that benefit the community. Others will feature artists and artisans, handcrafted keepsakes, and different kinds of food.
One returning food vendor Parlo is absolutely sure about is the Tunkhannock Tree Association which will, once again, be serving strawberry shortcake to the throngs.