LELAND — From a community picnic to fireworks and carnival rides, Leland has grown up since it was first incorporated in 1989.
Thousands of residents and area supporters are expected to celebrate Leland’s 29th birthday at the town’s upcoming Founder’s Day Festival.
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Every year, the event is held on the second Saturday of September.
“In the early days, it was kind of a community picnic,” assistant town manager, Niel Brooks, said. “Over the years it’s evolved.”
In recent years, the town has added fireworks and carnival rides to the festival.
“It’s growing every year that’s for sure,” Brooks said.
An all-day event, Leland will have eight food trucks, as well as business and arts vendors on site from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 8.
Leland’s recreation supervisor, Amy Ryan, said an original founder or two may make an appearance.
“Hopefully we’ll have a few of them show up,” she said.
Live music will play throughout the festival, with Chairmen of the Board featuring Ken Knox, Carolina Soul Band and Cassette Rewind set to hit the stage.
The free event will provide a free shuttle service to 102 Town Hall Drive where the festival will be held. Festival-goers are encouraged to park at North Brunswick High School. Handicap parking will be available on-site near Town Hall Drive.
For more information on Founder’s Day, check out the event’s Facebook page.
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