COOLVILLE - Community members celebrated the history of Coolville on Saturday during the annual Community Founders Day with food, entertainment, activities and other attractions.
Hundreds of people came and went throughout the day, which began with a parade on Main Street in Coolville and concluded Saturday night with a concert by local group South of the River Band.
Daniel Mollohan, president of the Coolville Lions Club, said the club began organizing the event 20 years ago as a way to bring the community together and to celebrate the founding of Coolville. The one-day festival included a variety of activities for all ages, from inflatables to a tractor show to a cruise-in.
Organizers of Coolville Founders Day are working to make the event more family-oriented, with activities and attractions for children, including inflatables. (Photo by Wayne Towner)
"We're trying to make it more family-oriented, having more things for the kids to do as well as the adults," Mollohan said of the festival, citing the inflatables brought in this year.
He was pleased with the turnout for Saturday morning's parade and said people would come and go throughout the day to enjoy the music, food and vendors set up along Coolville's Main Street.
Mark and Tammy Little, of Hockingport, were in Coolville on Saturday to enjoy the festival, something they like to do every year.
"It's a tradition," Tammy Little said.
"We come to see our friends and people we know, and the car show and things of that nature," Mark Little said, adding the car show is his favorite part.
"And the ice cream," Tammy Little said with a laugh, adding their grandchildren loved the parade
Coolville resident John Knicely attended Founders Day on Saturday with his wife and daughter, Jamie and Sydney, 6.
"So far, it's great," he said Saturday afternoon. "There's delicious food over in the (Coolville United Methodist) church with homemade ice cream and wonderful peanut butter pie."
Knicely said the family comes to Founders Day every year it can, adding that it's a tossup between which part is their favorite, the food or the entertainment.