“We’ve got several new things this year,” said Temple City Clerk Angie Costner, who is helping organize the event. “We’ve got a little bit of new mixed in with the stuff we’ve had in past years.”
The event begins on Sept. 15 at 7 a.m. with the Temple Tantrum 5K road race, sponsored by the Temple High School FFA, through the streets of town. The race will end just in time for the free traditional Temple United Methodist pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the church dining hall on Carrollton Street.
The annual parade will begin at 9 a.m. with a little different route than in past years. Instead of running down Stage Street and then looping back around, the route this year will run the length of Sage Street before crossing over the railroad tracks and continuing on to the Sewell building where a classic car show will be set up in the parking lot.
Food and arts and craft vendors will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Temple Recreation Department complex and Senior Center parking lot on Rome Street. Besides vendors, there will be a petting zoo, a “smash car” that will allow people to pay to take out their frustrations with a sledge hammer, a kids’ train, a bouncy house and the first annual Little Miss and Miss Temple Pageants for ages newborn to 19 years old.
There will also be a dunking booth allowing people to pay to toss a few shots to get Mayor Rick Ford wet, as well other local and county politicians and city staff. Besides Ford, scheduled to make an appearance in the dunking booth are Councilman Richard Bracknell, newly elected District 2 county Commissioner Tommy Lee, Public Works Director Sam Russell, David Hunt from Waste Industries, Officer Jim Hollowood and Police Chief Tim Shaw.
Inside the Temple Senior Center will be displays of the city’s history and a special display that is new this year highlighting African-American history.
Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by Hog Wild, Gridlock, Ringer’s Crossroad Band and a special appearance by Temple police Officer Dana Rampy.
Though more than 30 vendors have already registered to participate, there are still spots available for both food and craft vendors at a cost of $25 each. Registration for the parade is free as is the fee vendors booth for churches and other non-profit groups.
Those interested can pick up an application at City Hall, on the city’s website at www.temple.ga.us or call 770-562-3369.
“All proceeds from Temple Founders Day will go to benefit children in our area,” Costner said.