Donuts dominate at the annual Founder's Day in Pocopson

Staff photo by Wm. Shawn Weigel Rob Boone of Northbrook Marketplace serves up a tray of doughnuts for the annual doughnut eating contest at Pocopson Township's Founder's Day celebration.

It's a downhome country good time at the fifth annual Founder's Day in Pocopson.

Created as a way to bring the widespread Pocopson community together, Founder's Day attracts hundred every year to enjoy sunny skies, tasty food and live music as the summer winds its way down.

There's plenty to do – face painting, pony rides, moon bounces, sand art – all that one comes to expect from a simple country fair.

But there's no denying, the main attraction isn't the supervisors' milking contest … it's the donut eating contest.

'They definitely like the donuts,' said Rob Boone of Northbrook Marketplace, who supplies the little crispy, sugar coated apple cider donuts for the contest every year. 'I'm afraid I might lose a finger.'

It's not a finely-tuned contest – there's no real judge, and no real set of rules. The kids line up, Boone drops a tray of fresh donuts on a table, the Pocopson Home Boys tear into a lightning fast version of 'Turkey in the Straw' and the feeding frenzy begins.

And how do they determine the winner?

'I don't really know,' Boone said. 'I guess it's the kid with the stuffed cheeks.'

But before and after the kids chow down on deep fried goodness, there's plenty more to do at Founder's Day.

There are hay rides provided by Baily's Dairy, the annual dog jumping and dog look-a-like contest, a K9 unit demonstration from the Chester County Sheriff's Department, and of course the Radnor Hunt rides through with their pack of braying hounds around 2 p.m.

And also among this year's raffle baskets is an autographed skateboard by everyone's favorite Pocopson resident and 'Jackass' star, Bam Margera.

Catering is provided by Hood's BBQ of Unionville, at a reasonable cost.

In addition, many local vendors and service providers will have information or goods for sale. Local animal rescue groups will also have dogs for adoption. Residents can also meet Pocospon Township supervisors and get information on the township including the restoration of the historic School House restoration and the Barnard House.

Founder's Day is Saturday, Sept. 16 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the township park on Locust Grove Road. For more information, visit the township's web site at Admission to the event is free.

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