Founder's Week 2023

Balloon Glow

Founders Week Prince & Princess Pageant

Saturday, June 3

2 PM - at the Arts & Enrichment Center. Contestants must be aged 5-7 years old. The entry fee is $20. Applications are online


June 20-24, 2023

Calendar of EventsFounders Week 2023

Tuesday, June 20

9 AM-3 PM - Brick Building Clinic at Charlestown Middle School, hosted Charlestown Parks in partnership with University of Louisville J.B. School of Engineering, CORE Construction, Greater Clark Educational Foundation, Maker 13, Copper Kettle, and Zaxby's of Jeffersonville. Students (ages 8-12) will design and create their version of the City of Charlestown with Legos! Pre-registration is required (limit to first 120).

6-10 PM - Moore Family Ice Cream Social and Gospel Singing - Enjoy ice cream sundaes and a variety of local musicians at the Family Activities Park. The entire park will be open to the public for free.

Wednesday, June 21

6 PM - Trivia Night - A Classic TV Pop Culture Themed Trivia Night takes place at the Arts & Enrichment Center. Brush up on your Andy Griffith and Gilligan's Island knowledge! Prizes, sponsored by Centra Credit Union, for the free event go to the top teams. No registration required.

Thursday, June 22

Noon-4 PM - American Red Cross Blood Drive held at the Arts & Enrichment Center. Make your appointment to donate in advance!

Friday, June 23

6-9 PM - Family Fun Night - at the Family Activities Park. Enjoy a free hot dog, water and Blue Bell Ice Cream on us (first 150 guests)! The Family Activities Park will be open for free for families to enjoy a night out. Plus, there will be a water slide, a bounce house, a scavenger hunt, and mini golf contests!

7 PM - Amateur Corn Hole Tournament at the Family Activities Park. The blind-draw tournament is for amateurs and recreational players only. Trophies and prizes – Sponsored by Centra Credit Union – for the top two teams. Registration day of event.

Saturday, June 24

8:30 AM - Pirate Dash 5K at Charlestown State Park. A cross-country style 5K race kicks off the Triple Crown of Charlestown. The Pirate Dash 5K is hosted by the Charlestown High School Cross Country Team. Registration Link

10 AM - Founders Week Parade - The parade route begins at Charlestown High School and heads down Market Street to the City Square before returning to the high school. Enter the parade or join us along the route! Parade Rules & Parade Entry Form. The Miami Nation of Indians will be the Grand Marshals.


10AM-3PM - Backyard Classics Car Club 25th Annual Car Show on the Charlestown City Square. Cars will line Main, Main Cross, and Short Street. Music, food, fun, and games. Car registration forms can be picked up at City Hall.

10AM-3PM - Saturdays on the Square Pop-Up Market at Greenway Park. Vendors range from local artists, craft makers, bakers, food, authors, civic groups, and more.

10AM-3PM - Miami of Indiana Living History Village at Greenway Park. The Miami Nation of Indians will set up a living history village with wigwams, drums, artifacts and more to share their culture and history.

6-11 PM - Rock and Glow, Balloon Glow and Concert at Charlestown Little League Park. Tethered balloon rides will be offered to give a fantastic view of Charlestown ($15 adults/$10 children). Once the sun sets, the hot air balloons will light up the sky. On the stage, The Lost Boys takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician, the Jason Lee McKinney Band headlines the event at 9 p.m. McKinney, with 11 studio albums, fronts the band bringing raw, soulful modern-day roots music. Various food vendors will be set up at the fields.

Thank You Founders Week Sponsors

$2,500 - Pioneer Sponsor

Dan Cristiani Excavating Co.

New Washington State Bank

The Wheatley Group

$1,000 - Heritage Sponsor

Best Equipment

Bumper to Bumper

Cobblestone Hotel

EightTwenty Solar

First Harrison Bank

First Savings Bank

HWC Engineering

Mitchell Plastics

RH Clarkson

Temple & Temple

$500 - Pride Sponsor

American Structurepoint

Republic Bank

LL&A Interior Design

Township Trustee - Tom Kendrick

Harping Steel