By Matthew M. Robare
Founder’s Day in Saugus is this Saturday: seven hours of food, entertainment, and all sorts of things in front of town hall. “Founder’s Day is an annual town celebration,” organizer Crystal Cakounis explained, adding “This year is the 33rd Founder’s Day.” Cakounis said that civic groups and people selling arts and crafts will have tables, and food will be provided by local restaurants. “It’s really awesome…just a big community event,”she said.”
“I’m running the golf and hockey tables,” Selectman Julie Mitchell said. According to her, many high school sports teams will have tables and be running raffles and games and selling apparel for fundraising. “It’s a town fair,” Mitchell summarized.
The Lynn English Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will drill as part of the entertainment, according to Selectman Stephen Castinetti. Mitchell said that the Brian Maes Band will perform at the Iron Works.
Cakounis explained that the first Founder’s Day, run by Donna Gould, was a celebration of the 350th anniversary of Saugus separating from Lynn to become its own town; the celebration went off so well they brought it back.
Mitchell reported that there will be face painting, clowns, a water gun game, big glove boxing, bouncy castles, a golf chipping game, T-shirt tie-dying, and “a million other things.”
According to Cakounis, it starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Most of the entertainment and activities will be in front of town hall, she said.