Casey Donahue Band to headline Founder’s Day celebration May 18

ROCKWALL – Celebrating the City of Rockwall’s 159th birthday, popular Texas Country music stars, the Casey Donahew Band, will headline the Rockwall Founder’s Day Celebration Saturday, May 18, from 10 am – 9 pm, at the Downtown Square.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm, preceded by entertainment from Django Walker at 5:30 pm, Texas Flood at 3:15 pm, Railhead at 1 pm and the Jeanne Lay Band at 10:45 am.

Radio Disney will appear in the Kid’s Zone with games and bounce houses, from 10-10:45 am, 12:15 to 1 pm and 2:30 to 3:15 pm.

There will also be plenty of festival food, arts & crafts booths on hand and Old Town stores will be open.

The Farmer’s Market will kick off the day’s activities from 8 am – Noon.

Thousands of area residents are expected to attend  the celebration, which was started in 2004 when Rockwall celebrated its Sesquicentennial with a huge festival headlined by the Little River Band.

The City was officially platted as a community by Elijah Elgin on April 17, 1854, when he purchased a 40-acre tract from W.B. Bowles. It was founded along the National Road of the Republic of Texas, which was built through this area in the 1840s. The area that became Rockwall was a small part of the 572-acre homestead of Benjamin F. Boydstun.

Rockwall takes its name from an underground formation discovered by Terry Wade in 1852. Wade was digging a well near what is now the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market when he discovered the wall-like formation.

According to the City, no one has ever determined if the wall is man-made or if it’s a natural formation, although efforts are currently underway to determine an answer.

By J.J. Smith


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