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June 22, 2014

Happy founding to Charlestown

Founder’s Day celebrates Charlestown’s establishment

CHARLESTOWN — It was a sweltering Saturday in Charlestown, but the heat couldn’t keep residents away from the town’s birthday party.

The two-day festival Founder’s Day wrapped up Saturday with live music, amusement rides and a parade.

The 14th annual festival celebrates the founding of Charlestown by Charles Beggs on June 29, 1808. It’s a reunion for some and a chance for those from out of town to enjoy Charlestown.

“The people are very friendly and it’s just a nice event,” said Shelley Proctor of Carrollton, Ky.

Proctor was enjoying a cold drink and shading herself from the sun before returning to her vendor’s booth.

Many people sat at picnic tables and listened to music from the downtown square.

Children took miniature train rides with their parents and grandparents, and patrons of the festival stopped at the dozens of booths to check out arts, crafts and clothing.

Political candidates and elected officials were out in force, as their supporters showed their favoritism with bright-colored campaign shirts.

The crowd was slow to arrive early Saturday afternoon due to the steamy conditions; however, there were plenty of places to buy refreshments to help beat the heat.

The Louisville Crashers performed Saturday evening to cap off what was really a month of celebration in Charlestown.

The event also helps to highlight community service.

The Charlestown Lions Club provided free eye screenings Saturday. The Indianapolis Lions Club owns a bus that is used for traveling to events and festivals to offer eye screenings.

Such services aid the community and save tax dollars, Lions Club members said.

“We usually try to catch the children because the school system can’t get everything,” said Charlestown Lions Club member Allan Barker.

The bus has been at Founder’s Day the past few years, and members said they hope to offer the service again next year.

Charlestown’s Dr. Nicholas Hawker administered the eye examinations.

They had provided about 30 free screenings as of 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The club’s next big fundraiser will be during next month’s Clark County 4-H Fair, when they will provide parking services for donations.

 

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