Lehigh River Days returns

Shall we gather at the river?

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Mya Porter, at left, of Badger, and her horse Cookie, watch the tail end of the 2017 Lehigh River Days Parade with her friend Hailey Tuel and her horse, Princess. The pair rode in the parade before taking their break in the shade to watch the rest of it go by.

LEHIGH — A new veterans memorial will be dedicated this weekend during the 37th annual Lehigh River Day.

Dan Smith, chairman of Lehigh River Days, said the memorial will consist of a flagpole at the ballpark, a pedestal and a plaque.

“We’re having a dedication there for the veterans,” Smith said. “It’ll be a veterans’ plaque.”

The VFW from Fort Dodge will be coming down as well to help with the dedication, which will be Saturday at 10:45 a.m., following the Lehigh River Days parade.

The dedication is just one aspect of this year’s River Days, which will also be featuring an antique tractor show and a bags tournament.

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Layndon Harvey, 11, at left, keeps his milk crate ready to collect parade candy as his friend Braxton Steburt, 14, watches from his minibike during the annual Lehigh River Days Parade in 2017.

“That’ll be at the park,” Smith said. “These events will be at the ball park this year, except for the parade. The parade will be held downtown across the river like it used to be.”

The tractor show will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will be the same time as the car show.

The bags tournament will be Friday night.

Two bands will also be performing at River Days this year. Friday night will see the Beaver Creek Band take the stage, and Saturday night will see Smith’s own band, the Ghostriders, performing.

“We play country and ’50s, ’60s rock and roll,” Smith said. “The Beaver Creek Band will be performing basically ’80s, ’90s rock.”

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Ben Rentschler, of Callender, looks over some of the antiques available at the Lehigh River Days market.

There will also be several activities for kids.

“We’ve got some kids’ games,” he said. “We’ve got a kiddie train that we’re going to have pull them around the ballpark and a bouncy tent. That’s along with the regular games we always have for them.”

There will also be bingo at the ballpark and slow pitch ball games on Saturday.

Admission is free.

“We’re going to have free watermelon Saturday afternoon at about 1 p.m. at the ballpark,” Smith said.

Additionally, the Lehigh Fire Department will be having a Fireman’s Supper Saturday night.

“That’ll be downtown at the senior center,” Smith said.

Lehigh River Days is Friday, Saturday and Sunday

CRUISE TO THE VALLEY CAR SHOW will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lehigh ballpark. There is no entry fee. Dash plaques will be given to first 20 entries. Door prizes.

Flag dedication ceremony is at the Lehigh ball park on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. right after the parade.There will be a gun salute and bugler playing “Taps” by the VFW. All veterans are welcome. Beefburgers will be served after the ceremony at the Senior Center in downtown.

Two free street dances at the Lehigh ballpark . Friday night will be the Beaver Creek Band. Saturday will be Danny Smith and the Ghostriders. Both bands will play from 7 to 10 p.m.

Free watermelon, River Days parade, free bingo, slo-pitch tournament, sand volleyball, car show, antique tractor show, bags tournament, flea market and craft sale.