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Reston Museum seeks book fair vendors for 20th annual Founder’s Day

A statue of Reston founder Robert E. Simon sits on a bench at Lake Anne Plaza (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of Founder’s Day, Reston’s annual community celebration.

The festivities will be held this year on April 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza (1609 Washington Plaza North), organizer Reston Museum announced today.

Presented by Reston Museum in conjunction with Reston Community Center and Public Art Reston, Founder’s Day was initially conceived in 2004 as a celebration of Reston founder Robert E. Simon’s 90th birthday. Since then, it has served as a showcase for “how Reston’s community continues to live the legacy established by Simon,” according to the museum.

While details of this year’s event won’t come until later, it will include live music and performances, a community clean-up led by Volunteer Reston, a book fair and various family-friendly activities, per a press release.

Reston Museum is currently seeking authors, community organizations and food service businesses to serve as vendors for the book fair.

“Space is limited, and priority is being given to local literacy-focused nonprofits, authors, and food vendors,” Reston Museum said. “Local nonprofits without a literary focus will be given second priority.”

Anyone who’s interested can obtain an application from Reston Museum Executive Director Alex Campbell at alex.campbell@restonmuseum.org. Approved vendors will be charged “a small fee” for their booth.

Last year’s Founder’s Day included a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of a Little Free Art Gallery at Reston Museum, along with cake and performances by South Lakes High School Theater, Reston Community Players and more.

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