Founder's Day draws crowd

A youngster waves to the crowd uring the Founder's Day parade on Saturday morning. Photo by Joseph Slacian.

By Joseph Slacian

Maria Smyth, owner of the Eclectic Shop, had a dream of a parade in downtown Wabash.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the dream came to a successful fruition in the inaugural Founder’s Day celebration.

Some 105 entries took to the streets of Wabash on Saturday morning, much to the delight of several thousand who lined Canal and Market streets in hopes of seeing loved ones, enjoying the floats and marching units and, for children of all ages, catching candy tossed from the various parade entries.

The parade kicked off the Founder’s Day celebration, which also saw a variety of activities both at Paradise Spring Historical Park and along Miami Street.

Smyth was pleased with the turnout and results of the event.

“This is beyond my wildest expectations, absolutely,” she told The Paper of Wabash County. “Did you see the people on Canal Street and Market Street and over by Paradise Spring park all lined up? We had so many people participating.

Posted on 2018 Sep 18