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7th Annual Founders Fest
September 14, 2024
Paradise Spring Historical Park

The 2024 Founders Festival and Parade in downtown Wabash! 


 Mark your calendar for Sept. 14 and plan to join us for a fun-filled day.


 We sincerely appreciate the support that so many are willing to provide to the Founders  Festival.  Read below for important updates!

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The Wabash Founders Festival at Paradise Spring Historical Park at 351 E. Market St. in downtown Wabash will be Sat. Sept. 14 from 9-5:00pm and it will be bigger and better than ever! We were saddened to hear that Mississinewa 1812 has been cancelled this year - however, we have invited MANY of their gifted Living History people and Food Vendors  to join US for the day concentrating most of the activity at Paradise Spring.  Quite a few will be setting up camp Friday afternoon to prepare for Saturday.   Our event focuses on the 1826 Treaty between the Miami and Potawatomi Nations and the US Government to obtain land to build a canal which opened this section of the country for settlement. As in past years, the parade begins at 3:00 p.m. and the festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

9:30am  Flag-raising near Council House at Paradise Spring Historical Park; visit the Militia Camp and Pioneer Cabins, Indian Village, and Horse and pony rides.  Cannon fire and military drills.  First-person historic presentations; Kids activities throughout the day; (Much more info to come!)

Enjoy fry bread and apple butter, veggie pizzas,  ham & beans, cornbread, Kettle Korn &  MORE! We invite you to participate in the day by either being a vendor, a volunteer, an entry in the parade and/or a re-enactor in our Living History exhibits. 


Interact with traders, woodwright and wood carvers, broom making and reed weaving ; musicians, singing and dancing.

For more information about Pioneer Village at Paradise Spring Historical Park, please contact Deanna Unger at 260-571-2879 or complete on-line form..

Special thanks to our Sponsors (coming soon to this page).

 Together we are sharing the stories of our past with the future. 

The Wabash Founders Festival and Parade Committee, Bev Vanderpool (765)661-8206 and Chris Benson (260)571-9391 FOUNDERS FEST "Under Construction" Grow As We Go!

Kids Zone presented by LaFontaine Christian Church on Miami St. - watch for details!  


1. Period centers around 1826 Treaty at Paradise Spring; also the Canal and Railroad Era through early 1900s.

    No fee for period Vendors; must dress in period costume 

2. Seeking non-profit food vendors to add to atmosphere
3. Blanket vendors welcome!

4. Contact  


Join the fun and help make a difference, volunteers are needed throughout the day. Please consider volunteering to help with the day and the festivities.

Living History:
Would you like to be a part of the living history portrayers? Contact Deanna Unger for more information.

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Open House at Settler's Cabin (down the hill) near River Trail
2nd Saturday April-Oct
PS Old Sparlings & Ungers Visitor Center
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Wabash Marketplace First Fridays


The Paradise Spring Board has joined Wabash Marketplace and will be participating in some First Friday events.


 To Be Announced - keep watching!

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Wabash River Defenders


The Wabash River Defenders is a watershed initiative which acts to restore and remove debris from the Wabash River in Wabash County, Indiana. Since 2011, WRD has kicked off their annual river clean-up event in July at Paradise Spring Historical Park. Since that time, they have removed more than 125 million pounds of tires, scrap steel, construction materials, and other debris from the Wabash River. 

Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity


The largest chili cook-off east of the Mississippi River is held at Paradise Spring Historical Park each year.  Visit the park between 12 pm - 4 pm to try more than 100 chilis and vote for your favorites. All proceeds from this event are donated to local charities.  2023 is the 20th anniversary of this event.

Old Fashioned Christmas

Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas in the cabins at Paradise Spring Park during "Holiday Night to Remember" in November.


Paradise Spring Annual Meeting

The Paradise Spring Board invites you to attend our Annual Soup Supper at 6pm at the Wabash County Museum. Following the meal, TJ Honeycutt, archivist from Wabash County Museum will share the sometimes rocky history of the Museum.  RSVP to Deanna at (260)571-2879; no charge - donations welcome for Cabin Maintenance at Paradise Spring!  Some "guests" will be dressed as1820s characters, too!

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4th Wednesday
February22, 2023

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