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Founders Day 2017 is Saturday, August 12th in Downtown Auburn
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For Immediate Release Auburn, NY (July 31, 2017):
Press contact: Stephanie DeVito, Downtown Auburn BID:  phone: 315.252-7874

Come out for Founder’s Day Weekend Events August 11 - 12, 2017

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The City of Auburn & Downtown Auburn BID’s Founder’s Day is a two-day street festival that offers something for the whole family, whether you like antique & classic cars, motorcycles, live music, history or fine art, Founder’s Day can provide what you are looking for.
Music on the Mall Kick-Off Party
The fun starts with live music on Friday, August 11th for the Founder’s Day kick-off party at Music on the Mall from 7 – 10PM in the State Street Band Shell. Entertainment will be provided by the Proud Walkers, Auburn’s Grateful Dead tribute band. Band members include Ryan Meyers on guitar & vocals, John Bowers on drums, Damian Bauso on keys, Brendan Pfeifer on guitar & vocals, Ricky Rainone on drums and Jacob Logue on bass. The band was a staple at Prison City Pub & Brewery for Monday DEAD Nights last winter, and enjoys a good following from those that like jam bands. Rain location for the show is Moondog’s Lounge, also where Infrared Radiation Orchestra will be performing after Proud Walkers, inside on the purple stage.
On Saturday, Senator DeFrancisco will be making a special guest appearance & giving remarks, along with many other government dignitaries. The City of Auburn is being awarded $7500 through the Senator John A. DeFrancisco Arts in Cayuga County Program to help offset live entertainment costs for Founder’s Day, and we are very grateful for DeFrancisco’s and Auburn Public Theater’s sponsorship & support.
Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Auburn Correctional Facility
Tying into the history theme for Founder’s Day, Auburn Correctional Facility (ACF) is joining the event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Auburn State Prison 1817 - 2017. Special merchandise has been created as keep sakes; retail items include commemorative coins, glass & plastic mugs, t-shirts, hats, plus historical displays of objects & images that help share the ACF story. The Cayuga Museum will have copies of the book, “Images of America- Auburn Prison,” plus a display of placards & posters on loan from their collection. A compilation of historical photos will be shown inside Dan Emmi’s antique wooden “paddy wagon” on a 55” screen. ACF will also show “The Big House- Auburn” documentary on a continuous loop DVD, and have their Correction Emergency Response Team (CERT) will host a table with some equipment on display and staff to answer questions.

FLAACA Antique Car Show: History on Wheels
The 45th Annual Finger Lakes Region Antique Automobile Association (FLAACA) Antique Car Show features hundreds of classic & antique cars of all colors and models presented on Genesee Street & Route 34. The car show runs from 10AM – 3PM, with registration from 9AM - noon in the parking lot behind Memorial City Hall. Dash plaques are given to pre-registered vehicles; the fee for show cars is $15 or $10 if you register before August 7th.
Owned by Pete Ruzicka, the feature car for this year's show is a 1917 Ford Model T that was in production from 1908 until May 25, 1927. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of this automobile with birthday cake, as 1917 was the first year of the "Black T's."~Also, the Cayuga Museum’s Movietone REO Speedway truck will be displayed in front of the Auburn Schine Theater, with an info table staffed to answer questions about upcoming theater restoration work.
Copper Pig BBQ & Taproom will have an outdoor food & beverage post at the main event tent on Genesee Center all day. They will be pouring wine, domestic beers and selling BBQ food items. Prison City Pub & Brewery is creating two special beer releases for the event, “Copper John,” and “Riot of ’29.” The open container law will be waived for beer imbibing within the designated areas on State Street and Genesee Street.
Closing the car show, there will be awards for the top 20 classics and 20 customs, plus Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice & Oldest Car trophies and Longest Distance Plaque. The judging starts around noon and the winners will be announced at 3PM. Two 50/50 drawings will happen at noon and 3PM, and all proceeds from the car show will benefit Hospice of the Finger Lakes, SPCA, Burn Foundation of CNY, Freedom Recreational Services Summer Camp, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Auburn Pop Warner Football. For more info on the car show please call 315.253-4357.

Daytime Entertainment
Stephanie DeVito, Executive Director of the Downtown Auburn BID, will sing the National Anthem at noon. During the car show, DJ music will be provided by Jane Stebbins of Charlie’s Mobile Entertainment. Stebbins will be playing classic hits from the 60's & 70's to complement the classic cars. The stage & tent will be located near the crossroads of Genesee Street & William/Dill Streets.

auBURN Bike Fest & Ride 2017
The auBURN Bike Fest & Ride is again partnering with the car show, ride registration starts at 9:30AM outside of Moondog’s Lounge. The ride will run from 11:30AM – 1:30PM, with bikes parking on Dill Street for the line-up. Fire & Iron Motor Cycle Club #222 are raising funds for the Burn Foundation of CNY with the ride registration fees.
After the ride, the motorcycle show is happening from 1 - 3PM on State Street; there will be live music in the State Street band shell by JD Blues Band during the same timeframe, plus bike-related vendor booths. The bike show awards will happen at 3PM, in coordination with the car show awards.
JD Blues Band is a guitar-harmonica duo based out of Fairport. They play a variety of traditional blues, rock & contemporary arrangements. The lineup includes Jim Schreiner on harmonica, lead & backing vocals and auxiliary percussion, and Dave Roberts on guitar, lead & backing vocals and primary percussion. For more info on the bike show please call 315.406-1408.

Unity House’s 4th Annual Art Flaire
If fine art is more of interest, Exchange Street Plaza is the new location for the Art Flaire fundraising event by Unity House, happening from 10AM - 4PM. Twenty regional artisans, crafters & vendors will be showing & selling their works, plus novelty food items, a silent auction, face painting & more. For more info on Art Flaire please call 315.253-6227  http://www.unityhouse.com/artflaire.html 
Separate from Art Flaire, yet also on Exchange Street, author Joan Foley Baier will have a display of her local children’s books for sale, plus info on her young adult novel, “Prison Break,” to be released in the fall. From 1 - 2PM on the Exchange Street crosswalk on Genesee Street the Cayuga Cut-Ups will be doing a live call square dance performance to liven up the fun.

Presentation Program
After the car show awards, the National Anthem will be performed by electric guitarist Giovanni Pettigrass from Generation Gap, followed by the ACF Color Guard. Then Master of Ceremonies, City Mayor Michael Quill will introduce the government officials that will speak, these include Honorable John Katko, Honorable Pamela Helming, Honorable John DeFrancisco, Honorable Gary Finch, and Honorable Michael Nozzolio (retired).
Representing ACF, presentations will be made by NYSDOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, NYSDOCCS Deputy Commissioner Joseph F. Bellnier and Auburn Correctional Facility Superintendent Harold D. Graham. To close, Michael P. Pettigrass, Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator & Chairman of the ACF 200th Year Anniversary Committee, will lead a plaque presentation.

Evening Entertainment
After that piece wraps up, save energy for the nighttime entertainment from 4:30 - 9PM. Rock out to two high energy bands, with the main act out of the Ithaca area. First up, Generation Gap is performing from 4:30 – 6:30PM. Band members include lead vocalist Sue Alexander, drummer Sam Chindamo, and guitarists Kevin Kiniry, Giovanni Pettigrass and Michael Montagna, playing classic rock hits from the 60s – 80s.
Next up is Big Mean Sound Machine, a band that formed in 2009 in Ithaca, with one goal: to create music that stimulates both body & mind. Today, BMSM’s collective of over 15 analog artists spread out over the East Coast bring together the musical languages of West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America to create a lush bed of rhythm and harmony that embraces even the most hardcore fans of both funk & jazz – and everyone in between. https://www.bigmeansoundmachine.com/ 

Members include:
Angelo Peters: Bass/Band Leader
Andrew Klein: Drums
Lucas Ashby: Percussion
Dan Barker: Guitar
Ray McNamara: Guitar
Dana Billings: Keys
Alicia Aubin: Trombone
Jack: Storer: Trumpet
Eric Berg: Saxophone

With the Great Race on the following day, Sunday August 13th, Auburn will be at its very best with lots of weekend activity for visitors and residents alike. For more information please call 315.252-7874 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Founders-Day-Festival-in-Auburn-NY-389719663728/   .

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