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50th Founder’s Day

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50th Founder’s Day at Put-in-Bay: Celebrating Heritage and Community

Join us in commemorating the 50th Founder’s Day at DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, a special event that honors the island’s founding by Hispanic merchant Jose DeRivera. From 11 am to 4 pm, immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant community spirit that has shaped Put-in-Bay. Explore a variety of vendor stalls, enjoy engaging activities, and learn about the island’s unique heritage. This milestone event not only celebrates the past but also looks forward to the continued growth and prosperity of Put-in-Bay. Whether you’re a history buff, a local resident, or a visitor, Founder’s Day offers a meaningful and enjoyable experience for all.


Jose DeRivera: A Legacy Honored

In 1854, Jose DeRivera, a visionary Spanish merchant, purchased several islands in the area, including South Bass and Middle Bass, for $44,000. His development initiatives, such as building mills and parceling land, laid the foundation for the community we know today. This Founder’s Day, we honor his legacy and the transformative impact he had on Put-in-Bay.

A Day of Fun and Learning

Founder’s Day is not just a commemoration; it’s a lively event filled with fun activities and learning opportunities. The park brims with vendors offering a range of goods, from local crafts to delicious food, providing a taste of the island’s diverse culture and creativity.

Celebrating Community Growth

As we celebrate the 50th Founder’s Day, we reflect on the growth and development of Put-in-Bay since DeRivera’s time. This event is a testament to the enduring spirit of the community and its continuous evolution, drawing inspiration from its rich historical roots.

Educational Insights into Put-in-Bay’s History

Founder’s Day offers a chance to delve deeper into the island’s history. Learn about DeRivera’s contributions, the early development of the islands, and how these historical events have shaped modern Put-in-Bay. It’s an educational experience for all ages.

Vendor Showcase: A Hub of Creativity

The vendor spaces at Founder’s Day are a highlight, showcasing the talents and products of local artisans and entrepreneurs. If you’re interested in being a part of this vibrant marketplace, consider registering as a vendor to share your crafts and services with the community.

DeRivera Park: A Historical Venue

The event takes place in DeRivera Park, named in honor of Jose DeRivera. This central location in downtown Put-in-Bay is not only a beautiful setting for the festivities but also a symbol of the island’s appreciation for its founder.

Extend Your Stay at Put-in-Bay

Consider turning Founder’s Day into a weekend getaway by exploring Put-in-Bay’s accommodation options. From cozy inns to guesthouses, the island offers a range of places to stay, allowing you to fully enjoy the event and explore the area.

A Future Built on a Proud Past

As we celebrate the 50th Founder’s Day, we look forward to the future of Put-in-Bay, built on the solid foundation laid by Jose DeRivera. This event is a bridge between past and present, inviting everyone to be a part of Put-in-Bay’s ongoing story.

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Founder’s Day, in DeRivera Park, Vendor Registration Guidelines

Application Deadline:

  • Submit your application by Saturday, June 1, 2024. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. All fees are final and non-refundable after the deadline.

Vendor Fees and Space Allocation:

  • Display Space Fee: $50 for each 10’x10′ vendor space. This fee is consistent, whether you bring a pop-up tent or not. Spaces are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis due to limited availability.
  • Table Information: Each vendor space comes with one complimentary eight-foot table. Additional tables are available for rent at $25 each.
  • Pop-Up Tents: No additional charge for bringing a pop-up tent, but ensure it does not exceed the 10’x10′ space. Vendors are responsible for their own tents, as this event does not provide them.

Important Event Details:

  • No Electricity: Electricity will not be available for vendor spaces.
  • Set-Up and Tear-Down: Set-up begins at 8:30 AM on June 15, 2024. Tear-down starts at 4:00 PM, with all vendors expected to vacate by 5:00 PM.
  • Vendor Check-In: Upon arrival, vendors must check in to confirm their assigned space before setting up.

Communication and Updates:

  • An information email will be sent to all registered vendors with details on arrival times, parking, vendor space assignments, and other event specifics.

General Policies:

  • Ferry Fees: Vendors are responsible for their own ferry transportation costs.
  • We reserve the right to decline any vendor application, with a full refund provided if your application is not accepted.
  • Vendors must adhere to the set-up and tear-down times and stay within their assigned spaces.

Acknowledgment: By registering, you agree to these guidelines. We look forward to your participation and will provide further details, including your specific space assignment, in an upcoming email.

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DeRivera Park

DeRivera Park, Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, USA