River Days wants guests to ‘Experience the Fun’

LEHIGH – For the organizers of this year’s Lehigh River Days, this year’s festival is all about fun.

That’s because, according to Danny Smith, co-organizer of Lehigh River Days, this year’s theme is “Experience the Fun.”

This year’s River Days, which lasts Friday through June 22, will feature a performance, the first time this has been done at the festival.

“On Friday night, we’re having a short skit by the River Days Actors which will be on Main Street,” Smith said. “It’ll be called the Bungling Outlaw Gang Skit, and it’s something that we haven’t had in the past.”

In addition to the skit, Smith said there are also a wide variety of other events going on.

“We’ve also got a free street dance Friday night with the Ghostriders band,” he said. “They perform country and ’50s/’60s rock and roll.”

Friday night will also feature a beef burger supper from the local women’s club.

The following day, a parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

This year’s grand marshals will be Lehigh area couples who have been married for at least 50 years, according to Smith.

“After the parade we’ve got the Cruise to the Valley car show going on,” he said. “Then we’ve got a rock band out of Dayton performing after the car show at 2.”

Smith described Essence of Larry as “a young person’s rock band.”

Other music entertainment will include what Smith called an “area country musician’s jam.”

There will also be a number of events going on throughout Saturday on the east green. They include a flea market, mud volleyball, tug of war, pony rides and a demonstration by the Fort Dodge Kennel Club.

“On Saturday evening the firemen will be serving the firemen’s supper,” Smith said. “After that there will be a free street dance with a DJ.”

Sunday’s events include a pancake breakfast from the Lions Club and a sand volleyball tournament.

“It concludes around 11 with raffle ticket drawings at the ballpark,” Smith said.

He added that the event should be “a lot of fun for everybody.”

“We’re just looking forward to everybody having a good time,” he said. “Every year we get people from out of town and local people from Lehigh. Everybody seems to have a smile on their face and having a good time.”