For the second annual Founders Day celebration in Pocopson Township, the creators have expanded the scope of the event while remaining true to its roots as a small agricultural community.Certain things have definitely not changed: The Melton Brothers, the Pocopson Home Boys and the Bourbon Armory Band will provide a variety of live music throughout the day. Free apples courtesy of Bernard Orchards will also be available, and also returning this year are the free pony rides, face painting and other games for the kids. Instead of a moon bounce, however, there will be free carousel rides on an antique carousel from circustime.com.

This year's event will also feature a silent auction of various donated items, including an oil painting by local artist Bruce Coyle called "The Historic Barns of Locust Grove."

"It's a beautiful painting," said Founders Day co-chairperson Ricki Stumpo, who added that Coyne would be attending with signed copies of prints for sale.

Last year, the township's supervisors got to show off their farm skills in a milking contest. But what lies in store this year is still a surprise, according to Stumpo.

"We'll have something in store for them. They'll do something entertaining for us," she said, adding that conspicuous consumption of some confection was one idea floated around - and that's all she would say.

The afternoon caps with a "donutathon" community donut-eating contest.

With fresh donuts supplied by Northbrook Orchards, participants will be allowed to chow down on plate after plate of the doughy confections for bragging rights.

Free food and drinks will be available, with county picnic style fare provided by Ross Capps and the Brandywine Picnic Park.

Guided tours of the Historic Locust Grove barn and other properties will be given at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at $5 per person or $15 per family, which includes a hayride. There are also self-guided tours at $2 per person. The Historic Locust Grove School House will also be open for tours.

Stumpo, who has been working on the event for a year with co-chair Sandy Retzlaff, said that the idea of Founders Day is not to put a dent in the residents' pocket books just to have some fun.

"It's a day they can go out and not shell out fifty, sixty bucks in this tight economy," she said.

Founders Day will be held at the Pocopson Township Park on Locust Grove Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. To purchase tour tickets ahead of time, or for additional information please call the township at 610-793-2151.

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