Hollister celebrates Sixth Annual Founder’s Day Celebration

On Saturday, May 2, fun and history will permeate the day as the city of Hollister celebrates its Sixth Annual Founder’s Day. According to Rob Dixon, Executive Director of the Hollister Chamber of Commerce, “Beginning at 10:00 a.m. that day the Hollister Town Hall Square will be transformed into a historical street-scape, featuring vintage automobiles, a camp fire with a black kettle full of beans, silver dollar pancakes, beef on the grill, period music and lots of old time games for the kids.”

The Hollister Community Center (Train Depot) will be displaying interesting pieces of Hollister history; i.e. articles, photographs and artifacts. Some of the people strolling on the streets will be dressed in period wear. Some will be portraying historical characters involved with Hollister’s founding and anxious to tell those attending the celebration what part they played in that founding. Vintage cars, boats and other displays will provide a nostalgic look back at Hollister’s 99 year history as it prepares for its 100th birthday in the year 2010.

Vonnie Mathiesen, Hollister’s Assistant City Administrator, said that pancakes served by Anderson Electric & Plumbing, brauts and tri-tip grilled by Harter House and kettle cooked beans will be the food fare of the day. To satisfy the sweet tooth there will be an old fashioned ice cream social.

She also furnished the following schedule of Founder Day Events:

10:00 AM

Opening ceremonies Forsyth ROTC Color Guard – 1st Sgt. Pat Cannon
Star Spangled Banner – Church Army Choir
Concert – Church Army Choir

10:30 AM

Historical Display opens – Hollister Train Depot (Community Center)
Music by The Stringfield Band under the direction of Ms. Gail Morrisey
Art display / Hollister students -Ms.Canfield

11:00 AM – Fence White Wash Contest

12:00 PM – Pie Easting Contest – Sponsored by Silver Sneakers

1:00 PM – Bubble gum blowing contest – Pre-sign up for the Bubble gum blowing contest at the YMCA.

Mathiesen also pointed out that part of the fund raising effort for Hollister’s 100th year celebration will be to sell the clay tile from the existing Train Depot roof. There will be 100 clay tiles with certificates of authenticity for sale at $5.00 each.