Last year’s all-day Founder’s Day event marked the city’s 125th anniversary and this year the organizational reins have been turned over to the Temple Downtown Development Authority, which hopes it will be bigger and better.
“I think for the first year, last year’s event went real well,” said the DDA’s Lynn Ford. “We really didn’t have anything before this to bring the community together. Before, you had to go to Villa Rica, Buchanan or Bremen for a festival and we’re hoping people from those cities will now come enjoy ours as well.”
Much like last year’s event, this year’s festival will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Temple United Methodist Church, followed by a 5-kilometer road race at 9 a.m. that will begin and end at Temple City Hall. A short opening ceremony will be held at City Hall at 9:30 a.m., after which the event will move to the area surrounding the Temple Senior Center and the Recreation Department ball fields.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. vendors of all descriptions will be on site, including several serving food and beverages. There will also be a variety of musical and dance entertainment, as well as Temple history on display by unofficial town historian Ruth Holder and 50-year-old Temple movies being shown by Billy Green at the Temple Senior Center.
A larger children’s area will be open this year full of inflatables and games, which will be run by the Temple High School Marching Band and some of the city’s recreation teams. The proceeds from tickets sales will be shared by the band and the teams.
There will also be raffles taking place for such items as four tickets to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and a lamp from Moore’s Furniture.
“We’ll have a little bit of everything,” Ford said.