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Details for Founders Day

Founders Day

  • Sat, Jun 06, 2009

Time: Daylong festival - approximately 11 am to 10 pm

Location: Genesee Street in Downtown Auburn

Founder’s Day will be an annual festival celebrating the founding of the City of Auburn and some of its most influential citizens. Each year, the event will encompass a different theme. For 2009, the City will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the statehood of Alaska. The City has always enjoyed a special connection with our 49th state due to the instrumental role that William H. Seward, one of Auburn’s most famous native sons, played in the United States’ purchase of the Alaska territory. This year, the connection will be celebrated with a daylong festival, which will include the following activities:

• 11:00 AM: Parade through Downtown featuring an Alaska themed float contest
• 12:00 to 1:00 PM: Public addresses with a guest speaker
• 12:30 to 2:00 PM: Jazzitude with Lou Nocilly performs
• 2:00 to 3:00 PM: SUAB Brass Ensemble performs
• 3:00 to 6:00 PM: Magical Mystery Tour performs
• 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Self-guided tours of Seward House
• 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM: Performance art "Airigami" by artist Larry Moss
• 1:00 & 3:00 PM: Performances by Absolute Dance Company at Auburn Public Theater
• 2:00, 2:30 & 4:00 PM: Performances of "Persistance," a play about William Seward written by David Connelly and directed by Joni Lincoln starring Christian Cobb, Emma Jo Aversa, and Kate Riley, at Auburn Public Theater
• 1:00 to 5:00 PM: Ice sculpture demonstrations by Stan Kolonko
• 1:00 to 3:00 PM: Rhythm in Motion dance instruction for kids by Kathy Zamniak
• 7:00 PM: An evening dance with music provided by the Joe Whiting Band

Throughout the day, the festivities will include opportunities to purchase fine arts and crafts products from regional artists and artisans, sample a wide variety of food offerings, and participate in in a variety of additional entertainment options. There will be an opportunity to experience sled dog demonstrations, purchase a caricature drawing, or visit with a local author. There will be fun for kids as well, including games, balloon art, magic, an opportunity to pretend to be a meteorologist using News 10 Now's StormChaser. And, pretend to pan for "loot," who knows what you may find.

The majority of these activities will take place along Genesee Street between North Street and William Street. The road will be blocked to traffic for most of that day until the dance is over (approximately 10 pm).

For More Information: Contact Founder’s Day Committee Chairperson Sheli Graney at (315) 252-0950 or

Sponsored by: City of Auburn


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