September 18th,





The 2021 Founders Day Festival will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Festival will be held at Paradise Spring Park located at 351 W Market St, Wabash, IN 46992.

Celebrate Historic Downtown Wabash and learn about the rich history of our contributing founders by attending the Founders Day Festival and Parade. The festival runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Local businesses and vendors will be located at Paradise Spring Historical Park. Additionally, the festival will have live music and interactive activities to be enjoyed by all. 

We invite you to participate in the day by either being a vendor, a volunteer, an entry in the parade and/or a reenactor in our Living History exhibits. We will see you at the festival!


Festival Schedule

8:00 a.m.
Parade registration station open 
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Farmer's Market opens on Miami Street
8:00 a.m.
Some vendors at Paradise Spring Park open
10:00 a.m.
Parade begins in Downtown Wabash
Click here to view parade route
11:30 a.m.
Festival begins at Paradise Spring Park
12:15 p.m.
Raising of the flags at Paradise Spring Park
12:30 p.m.
Live band begins at Paradise Spring Park
4:00 p.m.
Festival ends

Meet Our


Maria Smyth
Festival Lead Chairman
Jim Widner
Deanna Unger
Historical Portrayers Coordinator
Beverly Vanderpool
Parade Coordinator
Patty Godfroy
YMCA and Volunteer Coordinator
Doug Adams
Parade Line Up Coordinator
Justin Adams
Parade Line Up Coordinator
Jen Rankin
Environmental & Media Coordinator
Roy Church
Communications Coordinator


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The History

of the Founders Day Festival

The Founders Day Festival is a great time to bring our community together to honor our founders. We hope this is a time to help enrich the community by celebrating the rich history, heritage, and culture that can be found right here in Wabash, Indiana.  We thank all our sponsors and volunteers for supporting Founders Day Festival. 

Special Thank You to Our

Premier Sponsor