Organizers are gearing up for a full day of entertainment and family fun at Founders Day this year.
The event kicks off Saturday, June 1, with the Union Area Chamber of Commerce Fun Run, a 10K run and 5K walk. The run begins at 7:30 a.m.
Union Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Angie Breeden said Founders Day is a family event that features games and activities for all ages.
She noted that the event was moved to the city park to attract families.
“Having Founders Day at the park works well. There is a playground for children to play in while their parents visit craft booths or listen to music,” she said. “There is a lot more to do at the park than walking around the square.”
The event was moved back to the park in 2010 in order to make it more family friendly and not center around the beer garden.
It was located at the city park in the 1990s but was moved to the square after flooding in 2000.
There have been other additions to Founders Day, including a $1 fee to swim all-day at the city pool.
The First Baptist Church, Union, sponsors games for children and last year the parks department began offering peddle tractor pulls.
“We are bringing that back because of the good turnout,” said Breeden.
New this year is a basketball tournament that is held during Founders Day.
The basketball tournament will take place rain or shine, Arand said. If it rains, the tournament will be moved to the Union Middle School gymnasiums.
For more information people can call the parks department at 636-583-8471.
Following is a list of activities during the day-long event at the city park:
• 8:30 a.m. — A three on three basketball tournament for ages 10-19;
• Noon to 2 p.m. — Lolly Pop, balloon sculpting and face painting;
• Noon to 2 p.m. — Games for the family, including sack races and three-legged race;
• Noon to 7:30 p.m. — Swimming at Splash-N-Swimplex for $1;
• 1 to 5 p.m. — Moon Bounce, airbrush tattoo and mechanical bull;
• 3 to 4 p.m. — Turtle race registration at smaller pavilion;
• 4 to 5 p.m. — Turtle races on Christina Street;
• 5 to 5:30 p.m. — Pedal tractor pull registration; and
• 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Pedal tractor pull on the tennis courts.
• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Craft booths open;
• Noon — Beer garden opens;
• Noon — George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass;
• Noon — Miller Lite washer tournament sign-up;
• 1 p.m. — Washer tournament begins;
• 3-6 p.m. — Starlighters band;
• 6-9 p.m. — Facts o’ Life band;
• 9 p.m. to midnight — The Resistance.
Union Mayor Mike Livengood encouraged people to attend the annual celebration.