Founder’s Day to Salute Truex, ‘Hometown Champion’

May 30, 2018

Stafford Founder’s Day, a decades-long tradition that began in 1964 and celebrates community, charity, business, politics, sports and family fun, is set for Saturday, June 9 (with a rain date Sunday, June 10), in two locations in town – both the Manahawkin Lake and the Doc Cramer athletic fields. This year’s theme is “Martin Truex Jr. – Celebrating Our Hometown Champion.”

The day starts with a senior citizens brunch at the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Co. on Stafford Avenue, for area residents 70 years of age or older, followed by a hometown parade that kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs along Stafford Avenue to Route 9. Grand marshals this year are Jimmy and Patti Roy and Harold Hargrove, and honorary grand marshals are Martin Truex Jr. and the Truex family, all of whom will be recognized for their service to the town.

Festivities are set to begin at the Doc Cramer Sports Complex at 2 p.m., with opening ceremonies; performers from the Starlight Performing Arts Academy and the Jersey Coast Youth Band; craft, food and business vendors; live entertainment on the bandstand and a DJ dance party; the Little Miss Stafford and Little Town Crier Contests and the Miss Stafford Pageant on the main stage; a pie-eating contest; and rides and games for all ages.

Families are welcome to tailgate at the park.

The day ends with a fireworks display at dusk.

“Stafford Founder’s Day is a wonderful event, which still embraces that small-town feeling of a great summer day enjoyed by all,” said Betti Ann McVey of the Recreation Department.  —V.F.

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