JEFFERSON - The community of Jefferson is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the annual Bell Tower Festival Friday, Saturday and June 10.
The festival takes its name from the Mahanay Bell Tower, a 14-story carillon on the city square.
Festivities for the red carpet-themed event will kick off at 4 p.m. Friday when vendor booths open for the weekend. A flag ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. and the Roll Out the Red Carpet opening ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. The opening ceremony will be emceed by local actors portraying Joan and Melissa Rivers. At 8 p.m., Elvis impersonator Joseph Hall will take the stage with his Rock N Remember performance.
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Mikkel Dimello, left, and Parker Dimello, right, pet a baby raccoon during the Bell Tower Festival parade in June 2011. This year’s parade will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jefferson-Scranton High School.
"It should be a great show," said Barb Walker, Greene County Chamber and Development tourism and special events coordinator. "Joseph Hall has his own show in Branson."
Other Friday activities include a pork barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Greene County Community Center, and a happy hour from 7 to 10 p.m. with a performance by the Heath Alan Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the beverage garden.
Saturday will feature the Kids Olympics, Ding Dong Dash 5K and 1-mile runs, a firemen's breakfast and car show registration. At 11 a.m., the parade will begin at Jefferson-Scranton High School and go to the town square. Kids inflatables and games, performances by Elite Power Tumbling and the Des Moines-based Isiserettes Drum and Drill team and local music groups and other entertainment will take place near the courthouse throughout the afternoon.
Tours of the Mahanay Bell Tower will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Raccoon River Artisan Colony will have live displays throughout the day and RVP ~1875 will host the History Boy Theatre Company's performance of "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson," with show times at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. June 10.
The band Countertype will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the beverage garden and a family outdoor showing of the "Muppet Movie" will be held at dusk in Russell Park on South Wilson Street Saturday evening.
Sunday activities will include a golf tournament at Lakeside Golf, kids fishing derby at Spring Lake, art show, tours of the Greene County Historical Society Museum, Bell Tower Idol finals and a Texas Hold 'Em tournament.
"There will be plenty of new activities," said Walker, "and a lot of old favorites will also be back."