Join us for our third annual Founder's Day event to benefit the Roycroft Campus!

Saturday, June 1, 2024, 4:30-7:30pm

Founder’s Day will be an evening similar to family-friendly gatherings held on the Campus during its heyday in the early 1900s. This year’s event will offer family-friendly food, games, crafts, activities and more! Founder’s Day will have something for everyone —

  • Delicious barbecue by Slippery Pig Catering, desserts, & refreshments
  • Live music by Quilted Canoe (formerly the Barn Katz), featuring Rachelle Francis, Lew Markle, Joe Ernst, & friends
  • Arts and crafts activities for all ages, including a tie dye station with t-shirts for purchase (free for kids!)
  • Letterpress printing and illumination station
  • Basket raffle/silent auction
  • Cakewalk competition for attendees with exciting baked goods as prizes
  • Costumed actors sporting early 1900s dress, courtesy of the Aurora Players
  • Costume contest for Founder’s Day ticket holders with prizes for the best Roycroft Campus-era dress (more information below!)
  • Egg-and-spoon race
  • Jump rope making station, run by the Aurora Waldorf School
  • Obstacle course
  • Roycroft Campus Trivia
  • Yard games & more!

Tickets to attend Founder’s Day include food, non-alcoholic drinks, and access to all exciting activities. Basket raffle tickets must be purchased separately the day of the event. Beer and wine will be available to purchase for those 21 and older.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Sales will run through 12/noon on Saturday, June 1st. On the day of the event, tickets will be available at the door on a limited basis.

Founder’s Day Costume Contest

Step back in time to put on your best early 1900s historic garb! Costumes that pay homage to the historic figures of the Roycroft Campus or period-specific to the early 1900s are encouraged. All ticket holders and all ages are welcome to participate in the first annual Founder’s Day Costume Contest and prizes will be awarded!

Photographs of the costume contest participants will be taken during the judging portion of the event. Please note that by participating in the costume contest you are giving consent to allow your image to be used in future event marketing materials.

Costume Contest Prizes

Every child that participates in the costume contest will receive a prize, which will include a special award and an ice cream token for Rosie’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, next door neighbors to the Roycroft Campus. Adults will have the chance to win Copper Shop gift cards for 1st place ($100), 2nd ($75), and 3rd ($50). These gift cards can be used at the Copper Shop to purchase items made by over 100 local and national artists, giftware, souvenirs, or to register for tours, classes, and events throughout the year on the Roycroft Campus.

Those interested in participating can sign up the day-of at the registration table beginning at 4:30 pm on Saturday, June 1st. All participants will be given a sticker and invited up on stage at 6:00 pm for the costume contest judging. Costume contest participants must be present to win.


Starting to brainstorm your costume for Founder’s Day? Take a look through some of the historical photographs that the Roycroft Campus has in its collection.


All proceeds from Founder’s Day will raise much-needed funding for the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark and will support year-round tours, classes, and other programming we offer to visitors throughout the year at the Roycroft Campus.

Silver Sponsors

Susan & Thomas Davenport

Media Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Activity Sponsors

Beverage Sponsors

Thank you to the following businesses and nonprofit partners who are supporting this event!