RACELAND, Ky. — The 19th Raceland Race Days Festival, to be held Aug. 4-6, is fast-approaching, compelling attendees with not only great food, live musical performances and contests, but will offer amusement rides for the first time.
Don Sammons, Raceland Police Department Chief, said the goal with the Raceland Days Festival is to provide family oriented fun.
“We try to provide a lot of freebies and fun for families so that they can come out and enjoy themselves,” Sammons said. “We started this from the history of the old race track that was in operation here many years ago and that track actually fed a lot business from Portsmouth all the way through Huntington and brought a lot of people into the area. So that people would remember the history, we started Race Days. It gives families something to look forward to.”
Laura Ashley Suttles, Raceland Race Days committee member, said sheer enjoyment is what they hope to provide.
“We are looking forward to this event and have been working very hard for it,” Suttles said. “The people really look forward to the free concert. Each year we have been improving on the acts that we have and then this year we are having the band Little Texas there for the Country night, and the Gospel Night is usually one of our biggest nights. The Primitive Quartets are coming this year and they are pretty big also. We just want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves and just have a great time.”
Suttles said they already have 22 crafters that will set up and be a part of this year’s Festival, offering a variety of items for sell. Spaces are still available at a cost of $50 and $65 for food vendors.
Additionally, Suttles said they are anticipating a visit from Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. As of Wednesday, the Governor’s office had not yet confirmed that he would attend the 2016 Raceland Days Festival, according to Suttles.
The Raceland Race Days Festival schedule is composed of the following:
Kick off will be Thursday, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m. with Mayor of Raceland, Mike Wilson.
Thursday, Aug. 4 – Gospel Concert, My Brothers Keeper will perform at 5;45 p.m., Looking Up 6:45 p.m. to 7;45, Primitive Quartet at 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 5 – Watermelon eating contest at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. Eugene Brown as ‘Grandpa Jones, 3 p.m. The Doy Addicts, 4 p.m. Robbie Adkins, 5 p.m. Gary Moore.
Friday, Aug. 5 – Registration for Childrens’ Pageant will be from 5-7 p.m. Pageant will include baby, miss and mister for children and one and under, tiny tots age two-three, pee-wee ages four-six, tiny miss seven-nine, and junior miss 10-12. The cost for participant in the Childrens’ Pageant is $40.
Saturday, Aug. 6 -Karaoke with Glen from 10 a.m. to noon. The Dog Show will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The Stick Horse Derby will be held at 3:30 p.m. Participation is free for the Derby.
The Riding Lawn Mower Races will be at 5 p.m. Performing from 6-6:30 p.m., will be Allen Grubb, The Dustin Burchett Band from 6:30-7:45 p.m., Little Texas will take the stage at 8 p.m.
Adult coloring book contest, for a kids division, and adult division with prizes for winners. Participation is free for the coloring book contests.
Midway carnival rides are one of the newest and biggest additions of the event. An all-day wrist band will be required for rides, with the cost to be approximately $10. A crafting center for children which will allow youth to go in have a seat and make crafts at their leisure. The Silent Auction will also be held.
The Festival will also include what is called, ‘The Meltdown,’ which is a multi-player action game, composed of obstacles in which the players attempt to make their way through.
Another added feature to the 2016 Raceland Days Festival that The Assembly of God Church on U.S. 23 is opening their parking lots for usage during the event. Shuttle buses will run from the church to the park every 15 minutes during the course of the three-days.
For more information regarding vendor space availability, call 606-922-7720, or visit the official Raceland Race Days Facebook page.
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