Wilton Celebrates 40 years of Founders Days

WILTON, Iowa–In Wilton, no summer feels quite complete without the annual Founders Day celebration. This year from Aug. 20-22, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join in the festivities and enjoy what makes their city special.

For the first time since 2017, Founders Day will feature a children’s carnival, offering fun rides and attractions for kids of all ages. Along with this newly reinstated event, Founders Day will include many favorite traditions, including multiday softball and volleyball tournaments, junior and adult cornhole tournaments, the Eager Beaver 5K Run/Walk, parade, and a car and bike show, just to name a few. On Friday and Saturday evening, people can dance the night away at the street dance and enjoy the music of regional favorites performing on the Toyota of Muscatine stage, including Soul Storm and Muscatine’s very own Monica Austin. Little ones can also enjoy a kids tractor pull and bingo games, and adults may attend a special business after hours hosted by the Chamber at a cost of only $10 per person for nonmembers. The Wilton Alumni Association will perform their annual play several times throughout the weekend as well.

On Sunday, families and train enthusiasts can also enjoy a special fundraiser organized by the Wilton Volunteer Fire Department. Anyone interested in taking a ride on an authentic 1930’s train pulled by a working steam engine can purchase tickets (costing $20 for those age 11 and up and $10 for those between three and 10-years-old) online. Due to a limited number of seats, the department encourages you to reserve your spots as soon as possible. In compliance with federal transportation rules, all riders ages two and up must wear a mask on the train unless they have a medical condition that prevents them from doing so.

If you would like to spend a fun weekend enjoying everything Wilton has to offer, Wilton Chamber of Commerce Vice President Brandy Marquez invites you to come out and have a great time. Anyone interested in joining in the junior or adult cornhole tournaments, showing a vehicle in the car and bike show, or participating in the Eager Beaver 5K Run/Walk can sign up by visiting the Wilton Chamber of Commerce at 118 West Fourth Street, Wilton or, in the case of the run/walk, by registering online. The softball and volleyball tournaments have already filled to capacity.

Ahead of the 40th anniversary of Founders Day, Marquez looks forward to getting to enjoy some of her favorite parts of the event alongside the local community: “I’ve always loved the parade and car show, but all of the food is great too. There are so many fun things going on, and I love seeing everyone having such a great time,” she enthused.

This year, she hopes many others will join her and enjoy all the exciting events Founders Day has in store. “I encourage everyone to come help Wilton celebrate–there is so much this community has to offer and I think that will shine through at this event,” she emphasized.