On Saturday, September 30, Orange Township will buzz with excitement as it hosts its first-ever Founders Festival. Scheduled to take place from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at North Orange Park, 7560 Gooding Blvd, the festival promises an afternoon filled with activities for all ages. From inflatables and food trucks to vendors and games, the event aims to bring the community together in a celebration of the township’s rich history and vibrant present. The cherry on top? Entry is free for all attendees!
A Glimpse into Orange Township’s Storied Past
Founded in 1816, Orange Township is one of six Orange Townships in Ohio, each with its own unique history and character. The township was originally a part of the U.S. Military Lands and was once an unbroken forest of heavy timber, featuring a variety of trees such as oak, ash, beech, elm, and hickory. It is bordered by Alum Creek on the east and the Olentangy River on the west, natural landmarks that have shaped its development over the years.
The establishment of the township was petitioned on September 3, 1816, by Alpha Frisbey, a name that has since been etched into local lore. The first house in the area had been built almost a decade earlier, in 1807, by Joab Norton, marking the beginning of the community that would grow into the thriving township it is today.
Games, Food, and More
The Founders Festival is designed to be a family-friendly event, offering a range of activities to keep everyone entertained. Children can bounce to their heart’s content on inflatables, while adults can browse through a variety of vendors selling unique items. Foodies won’t be disappointed either, as an array of food trucks will be serving up delicious eats to satisfy all cravings.
One of the highlights of the festival is a scavenger hunt, designed to engage both young and old in a fun and educational experience. Participants will have the chance to win a prize, adding an element of competition to the day’s events.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss This Event
The Founders Festival is more than just a day of fun and games; it’s an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate what makes Orange Township special. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a newcomer, the festival offers a chance to learn about the township’s history, enjoy a variety of activities, and most importantly, build a sense of community.
So mark your calendars for September 30 and head over to North Orange Park for an afternoon that promises to be both entertaining and enriching. With free entry and something for everyone, the Founders Festival is an event you won’t want to miss.
Note: While entry to the festival is free, items will be available for purchase from vendors and food trucks.