What better way to kick-off the year long Celebration of 125 years of Collinsville than with a grand Founders Day Event. This year's Founders Day event will have many different activities taking place throughout the day.
We have partnered with many local organizations for a day filled with fun for the whole family to celebrate our great community and the rich history of Collinsville since it's founding in 1899.
Take a look as some of the activities taking place on Founders Day and get signed up to be a part of the celebration.
Founders Day Parade
The featured event will be the Founders Day Parade taking place at 11:00 a.m. JOIN THE PARADE! Organizations, alumni, businesses, families, clubs, congregations, sports teams, first responders, public officials and elected leaders are all invited to take part in celebrating Collinsville’s history! Locate your tractor-pulled trailers, horse-drawn wagons, classic cars, motorcycles, bicycles, convertibles, or plan to walk together along the parade route. All are welcome. With 125 years of history to honor, we can’t wait to see your costumes, and themes.
Join the post-parade celebration and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of our Downtown Vendor Market! Lining both sides of Main Street, this bustling market is the perfect place to continue the festivities after the Founders Day parade. Bring the whole family for an afternoon filled with entertainment! Enjoy live DJ, face painting, and other engaging activities for kids. With something for everyone, the Downtown Vendor Market promises a day of joy and celebration. Are you a local artisan, crafter, or business owner? Showcase your products and services to the community! Secure your spot now for a nominal fee of $50 and be part of this exciting event.
Calling all BBQ enthusiasts! Join the 125th Anniversary Founders Day BBQ Competition and showcase your grilling prowess in categories like beef, pork, bologna, and side dishes. Entry fee is $25 per category, with a chance to win $200 for 1st Place in each category and $500 for Best All Around. Ribbons will be awarded, and the People's Choice Award awaits the entry voted by the public. Tasting kits are available for $10 each. Whether you're a seasoned pro or backyard hero, this is your chance to sizzle and win in the ultimate BBQ showdown.