Jersey Village hosts Founders Day Carnival on April 9

To celebrate the town’s founders, Jersey Village hosts the Founders’ Day Carnival on April 9, bringing the community together for a variety of food, entertainment and town appreciation.

The Founders’ Day Carnival, taking place April 9 at Clark Henry Park from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., will include carnival games, rides, a chili-cook off, cake walk, and bonfires. fireworks later in the night. A super slide, an inflatable basketball and a cornhole are among the activities offered during the festival.

Founders Day began on April 16, 1956 and has grown over the decades. Founders Day has been delayed in 2021 due to COVID-19.

“Residents discovered that the City of Houston was planning to annex land to the city and moved quickly to incorporate and with this the City of Jersey Village was founded on the day of April 16, 1956,” Robert Basford , Jersey Village parks and recreation director, said. “That evening they celebrated with a festival now known as Founders Day. History collected from residents showed that the community celebrated sporadically over the years, trying to celebrate every 5 years.

This year’s Founders Day will feature the first-ever fireworks display, sponsored by the Senator Avenue Brewing Company, destined to become a tradition for each subsequent annual celebration, Basford said.

Organizing the carnival was an “all hands on deck” approach, Basford said, with the parks and recreation department and the advisory board working closely together. The intention was to allow interested families and organizations to collaborate for Founders Day.

This year, Jersey Village Senior Outreach, Jersey Village Women’s Group, Boy Scouts and Boy Scouts and local businesses all have the opportunity to create and set up play booths.

“We had a great response,” Basford said. “We are (extremely) grateful to our event sponsors and would like to take every opportunity to thank them for their assistance, as this event would not have been what it will be without them.”

Sponsors include Greenscapes Six, which sponsored the Ferris wheel, and Acton Academy and Artek Painting and Construction, which sponsored the petting zoo and chili-cook off, respectively. Mr. Donut and Kolache and Chick-Fil-A sponsored the Welcome Brunch and Dinner while the First Aid Tent is sponsored by Jersey Village CERT.

The Chili-Cook Off charges a $30 entry fee and asks participants to show off their best five gallons of wild game-free chili. First place will receive $300, while second place and people‘s choice will win $100 each. The deadline to participate is April 6.

At the end of the evening before the fireworks, the winners of the chili contest will be rewarded followed by a speech by Mayor Bobby Warren.

Basford said 15 food trucks, as well as Senator Avenue Brewing Company beverages will be available on Founders Day. There will also be a cake walk event.

Other entertainment includes 30 carnival games, live music, the PK and DK Morning Show, and various rides like the Super Slide and Dixie Chair Swing.

Several levels of entry are available, with children admitted free as well as free general admission for adults.

Resident families and individuals can choose to purchase wristbands in advance allowing them to access chili and vote for people’s choice for $40 for families and $10 for individuals. VIP passes are available for $65 and include four to eight wristbands as well as parking and preferred seating. Senior resident passes are $8.

Non-resident and day passes will cost more. Non-resident wristbands are available for $35. Wristbands of the day, regardless of residence, are $40 and the senior’s day price is $20.

Sponsorship opportunities are available with benefits. Volunteers can sign up to help with the event, as well as run events and games.

Ahead of the event, Basford said the city was looking for local residents and businesses to build and host games, as well as volunteers.

“Those interested can contact me directly or visit our website to volunteer,” he said. “Completing a one-hour volunteer shift entitles you to a free activity bracelet. The event is free. Feel free to bring your own food and chairs and have fun. Activity bracelets can be purchased on our website for mechanical rides and interactive inflatables.

The town of Jersey Village is ready to celebrate its history.

“We celebrate our founding day, the rich history of our city and the passion our residents have for their community,” Basford said. “The buzz around this event has been very exciting and significant. What started out as a normal event has grown as more community members have gotten involved and this event has become something people won’t want to miss.

For more information, visit www.jerseyvillagetx.com/page/events.foundersday.

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