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Founder’s Day is a special occasion that honors the rich history and island heritage of Put-in-Bay. The event is named after Jose DeRivera, a Hispanic merchant who purchased several islands, including South Bass, Middle Bass, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast, and Starve Islands in 1854 for $44,000. He then sold parcels of land to the community at a fraction of the price, including the school property for $1 and St. Paul’s church property for $10. Founder’s Day celebrates DeRivera’s generosity and the impact of his good deeds on the community. The event is organized by the local Chamber of Commerce, ensuring plenty of fun and delicious food for the entire family. Most activities take place at DeRivera Park, named after the founder, with island entertainment and a free concert for visitors. The Put-in-Bay Hog Roasters provide picnic lunches for a small donation, while local artisans’ mementos and community-based nonprofit organizations with booths add to the festive atmosphere. Additionally, the local EMTs will be present to provide safety information and offer free rides in a miniature life flight helicopter for children.