Founder's Day 2017 big success
The Oct. 14 Burleson Founder’s Day celebration – easily one of the most important events the city has to offer – brought residents out in droves for a free day of family-friendly fun.
The event, a seven-hour affair, graced Old Town Burleson under a free, “rain or shine” and “bring lawn chairs chairs” and “no tickets needed” agreement.
And, who knows? It’s the kind of exciting day when anything could happen. You might have even seen Burleson Star Principal Robert Martin decked out in western regalia.
City employees were quick to note this year’s success online.
“What a fantastic Founder's Day & Bluegrass Festival,” one city employee posted on Facebook.
Local businesses such as Burleson comic book store Geek Out, took advantage of the opportunity to welcome new people to their business.
“It's Founders' Day here in Old Town Burleson, so come down and celebrate,” wrote Blake Ovard. “Be sure to stop in Geek Out and take your photo our giant Stranger Things standee, then, post your photo here for a chance to win a gift certificate!”
Others took the opportunity to enjoy a great day with people they love.
“Fun day with the boy at Founders Day,” Rod Southerland, indicating Connor Sutherland, posted on Facebook.
Fun was had by all – but there’s always room for improvement.
“Fun times,” Mary Slaney posted on FB. “Maybe next year we will have our plaza!”
Some fast facts about the city of Burleson on Founders Day:
• Dr Rufus Columbus Burleson, president of Baylor University, was a preacher, educator, and mentor to Rev. H. C. Renfro, who bought the original land and renamed the town "Burleson" in his friend's honor.
• Burleson was established as a Johnson County Community in 1881 and officially incorporated as a town on May 21, 1972.
• The first school in this area, established in 1879, was at Brushy Mound – what is now near Renfro and Alsbury.
• D. I. Murphy donated that land for the school and made a generous contribution to the cost of the first school building.