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Sleepy town wakes for annual festivities

Charlton’s Founder’s Day Parade is a big draw in a weekend of festivities that will take place on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. Photo Submitted.

Charlton’s Founder’s Day Parade is a big draw in a weekend of festivities that will take place on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. Photo Submitted.

The rural Town of Charlton may not have as many events as neighboring towns, but when it does, it’s done right.

This year marks Charlton’s 45th annual Founder’s Day Weekend, which will take place on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3. The two-day event is hosted by the Charlton Historical Society and draws just about every resident within the town and beyond.

With only one weekend to pack it all in, the town holds a myriad of activities including a 5K race on Saturday at 10 a.m., a Party in the Park on Saturday evening (including a fireworks show), an art show on both days, a parade at 2 p.m. on Sunday as well as a farmers and crafters market on Maple Avenue on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This is the first year the event will be funded totally by donations. Many sponsors have supported the weekend, including Ballston National Bank, CDHP, Morris Ford, County Waste and many individuals. Up until last year the event was funded through a Family Day Grant from the state, which has since been cut.

The theme for the weekend is “First Families” to celebrate the first settlers of the agricultural rural town. In that spirit, it will also be the first Founders Day to host a farmers and crafters market.

“We have some folks who have lived here for generations like the LaRues … who have a farm on Charlton Road and can trace their history way back to the early 1800s,” said Town Supervisor Alan Grattidge. Albert LaRue will be serving as Grand Marshal for the parade.

“History is really important to the people of Charlton. We’re living in our historic district, which is where our Town Hall is and our little Main Street. I believe it was one of the first hamlets to be recognized as a historic district,” Grattidge continued.

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