Family, food and fun is the theme for today’s Inaugural Founders Day Celebration in Downtown Grenada.
Deborah Bailey, chairman of the Grenada Community Foundation, said a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the event and hard work helped to make it a reality.
“The Inaugural Founders Day Celebration on the Square Downtown is drawing wonderful excitement across the community,” she said earlier this week. “We look forward to it becoming an annual event, joining the Easter, November Open House and December Tree Lighting events the Downtown District Committee has developed over the last year. We are very proud of the progress made in the Grenada Downtown Historic District since its listing on the National Register of Historic Places since 2014 and we are eager to add members and participants.”
According to Bailey, Downtown Grenada is home to more than 100 businesses and other organizations and that number continues to grow. That growth has attracted more visitors to Downtown.
Founders Day festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m., however, beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing until 11 a.m., peddlers will be on hand selling fruits and vegetables at the Downtown Grenada Farmers Market.
Food will be available for purchase by O Taste and See BBQ, Mom & Pop and Square Market. From 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., there will be inflatable jumpers and Mary Berry Balloons will be on hand creating balloon art for donations.
Other events throughout the day will include, the Union Story of Tullahoma and Pittburg and a Tractor Parade presented by Wade, Inc., of Grenada. Free ice cream – vanilla, chocolate and strawberry – will also be available during the festivities.
Live music will be provided by Landon Bowdry, Ralph Miller, Mia Dannon Parker and singer/songwriter Sally Vee.
“We want to thank all of the sponsors and vendors as well as the many musicians, who have come together to make this fun event happen,” Amy James, owner of the Nest Egg, who did much of the work assembling the program, said. “So many folks have chipped in to make it extra fun.”
The Grenada Community Foundation (GrenadaCF.org) – formed in 2010 – works to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Grenada County by connecting donors who care with causes that matter. Grenada Community Foundation helped to start the Grenada Farmers Market, provided support to Friends of Chakchiuma Swamp, started the Kevin Moore Scholarship for Adult Development to help students pay for GED testing fees, helped access funding for Cora’s House of Hope, and through its Downtown District Committee works tirelessly on improving once all but abandoned Downtown Grenada.