The city took the event over from the Downtown Development Authority this year and city employees have been working more than a month to add as much fun and excitement as they could for the fourth installment of the now-annual festival.
“They’ve done a wonderful job with it,” City Councilwoman Terron Bivins said. “They’ve worked together and it looks like it’s going to be awesome.”
The event begins Saturday at 7 a.m. with the Temple Tantrum 5K road race sponsored by the Temple High School FFA through the streets of town. The race will end as the free traditional Temple United Methodist pancake breakfast is getting started at 8 a.m. in the church dining hall on Carrollton Street.
The annual parade will begin at 9 a.m., running the length of Sage Street before crossing over the railroad tracks and continuing on to the Sewell building where a classic car show will be set up in the parking lot.
More than three dozen arts and craft vendors as well as food vendors selling everything from hot dogs to fried alligator will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Temple Recreation Department complex and Senior Center parking lot on Rome Street.
“We’ve got household goods, pocket books and all kinds of goodies that will be for sale,” City Clerk Angie Costner said.
Besides vendors, there will be a petting zoo, a “smash car” that will allow people to pay to use a sledge hammer to relieve stress for a fee, a kids’ train, a bouncy house and the first annual Little Miss and Miss Temple Pageants for ages birth to 19 years old. “It’s going to be a family oriented event so there will be lots for the kids to do,” Mayor Rick Ford said. “It think it’s probably going to be our biggest event.”
There will also be a dunking booth allowing people to pay for the opportunity to soak Mayor Rick Ford, Councilman Richard Bracknell, Public Works Director Sam Russell, Officer Jim Hollowood, Police Chief Tim Shaw and others.
Inside the Temple Senior Center will be displays of the city’s history and a special display that is new this year highlighting African-American history.
Entertainment throughout the day will be provided by Hog Wild, Gridlock, the Ringer’s Crossroad Band and a special appearance by TPD Officer Dana Rampy.
All proceeds from Temple Founders Day will go to benefit children in our area,” Costner said.
“We’d love for everybody to come out and support the city of Temple,” Costner said.