By SUSAN LAIRD, Valley Community Newspapers editor; File photos by TOM PANIAGUA
Saturday, Sept. 24 will mark Carmichael’s 102nd Founders’ Day Celebration.
As it does every year, the Carmichael Recreation and Park District is putting together a party you won’t want to miss. It’s hard to see how they manage it, but the event just seems to get better every year.
From classic cars to arts & crafts to power horns and carnival games, the event will have a little something for everyone. Dignitaries, musicians and vendors will be “doing their thing” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The day kicks off with a delicious pancake breakfast hosted by the Fair Oaks Lions Club. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 11 and under.
The Classic Car Show starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. This year, the Cappuccino Cruisers car club is bringing their collection of classic autos to Founders’ Day. Check out the muscle cars of the 1960s and early ’70s, the classics of the ’50s, the flatheads of the ’40s, the gangster cars of the 1930s and the classic ‘tin lizzies’ of the teens and ’20s.
New to Founders’ Day this year is an Old-fashioned Country Fair. Like county fairs of old, this fair will feature competitions in art, textiles, food and more. If you win a competition, you have bragging rights for the next year that you are the BEST in Carmichael. Check-in is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Judging is at noon. To enter, contact the Cappuccino Cruisers (who are hosting the fair) at (916) 988-6376. There is an entry form available online at the Carmichael Park and Rec website: www.carmichaelpark.com.
The Carmichael Dog Park Society will host a Dog Parade and Show as a fundraiser to benefit the Carmichael Dog Park. Call (916) 422-2280 for details to enter your pooch in the parade. The Dog Parade and Show will start at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Founders’ Day is always a family friendly event so be sure to bring your children or grandchildren out so they can enjoy the many children’s activities. There will be a mini carnival, face painting, arts & crafts, clowns, an appearance by River Cats mascot Dinger and more – all free.
The shopping promises to be good at the vendor booths this year, also. Information booths, arts and crafts vendors, non-profit agencies and of course food vendors will be scattered around the Carmichael Park Band Shell to tempt you into shopping, eating and enjoying the day.
Live entertainment by the headlining band, Custom Neon, is sure to please.
For more information on Founders’ Day please call the Carmichael Recreation and Park District at (916) 485-5322 or visit www.carmichaelpark.com. The Carmichael Park Band Shell is located in the back of Carmichael Park at 5750 Grant Avenue and both parking and admission are free.