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31 years of River Days

Annual Lehigh event will include parade, car show, mud volleyball, music

June 10, 2012
By EMILIE NELSON, , Messenger News

LEHIGH - A lot of old favorites and family friendly activities will be returning to Lehigh when the 31st annual River Days Celebration kicks off Friday afternoon.

The celebration will begin with the opening of the Lehigh Historical Museum at 3 p.m. Friday followed by the Bargain Basement sale at the Methodist Church at 4 p.m. The Show and Shine Car Show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street and the evening's activities will conclude with a performance of '50s and '60s tunes by the Ghostriders Band from 8 to 11 p.m..

Saturday morning will kick off with the opening of the flea market on Main Street at 9 a.m. and the parade beginning on the East Green at 10 a.m. The fire station will be the site of several activities throughout the day including an ice cream social, dunk tank and goat pie bingo.

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-Messenger file photo
Bailey Greuniesen, 7, left, and her sister Emmy, 9, test out a foosball game available for sale at the Lehigh River Days flea market in 2011. River Days 2012 will kick off Friday afternoon with the opening of the Lehigh Historical Museum.

For those who don't mind getting a little dirty, mud volleyball games will begin at 11 a.m. on the East Green.

"That's always a hit," said Dan Smith, River Days chairman. "Mud volleyball always goes over very well with the crowd."

Kids games, tee ball games and food stands will take place at the ballpark throughout the day and the River Days noon meal will take place from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Center and Fireman's Ball activities will kick off with the Fireman's Ball skit on Main Street at 2 p.m. This is the second year activities will be held in conjunction with the Fireman's Ball.

Fact Box

2012 River Days Schedule


3 p.m. Lehigh Historical Museum opens

4-8 p.m. Methodist Church Bargain Basement Sale

5-8 p.m. Car Show

5-7 p.m. Women's Club beefburger dinner

8-11 p.m. Ghostriders Band


8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Historical Museum open and Methodist Church Bargain Basement sale

9 a.m. Flea market and craft sale, tee ball games

10 a.m. Parade begins on East Green

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ice cream social and goat pie bingo at fire station

11 a.m. Mud volleyball

10:45 a.m. to 1p.m. River Days noon meal at Senior Center

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Magic show on Main Street

1 to 4 p.m. Bingo at Senior Center

2 p.m. Fireman's Ball skits

5 to 8 p.m. Fireman's beef brisket and smoked pork dinner

6 p.m. Fireman's Ball skits

8 to 11 p.m. DJ and karaoke on Main Street

June 17

8 a.m. Community Church Service

9 to 11 a.m. Lions pancake breakfast

10 a.m. to noon Methodist Church Bargain Basement

10 a.m. sand volleyball tournament

Noon River Days Raffle drawings

"One thing we have been doing differently is holding River Days with our Fireman's Ball," said Smith. "There will be skits and a meal and a DJ."

The weekend will conclude with a community church service, Lions Club pancake breakfast, sand volleyball tournament and raffle drawings at the Ballpark on Sunday.

"It's a good weekend," said Smith. "Kids enjoy it and a lot of people come home, you get to see people you don't always get to see."



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