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The Decatur Community Club has been busy planning the 40th annual Decatur Riverfront Days. The three-day festival will be held June 14, 15 and 16 over Father’s Day weekend.

There are activities for all age groups and several new events have been added to the schedule along with old favorites.

New this year will be the 7 p.m. performance by the family entertainment group The String Beans on Friday night at the Community Center. Another new addition to the schedule is the Saturday 11:30 a.m. puppet show at North Park by Chris Short. This free event will be repeated at 3:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend this fun show.

The kid’s Old Fashioned Outdoor Festival will have a change of venue. The festival has been moved from Main Street up to North Park where there will be pony rides, a bounce house, water slide, refreshments, games and activities, and the Barnyard Pedal Pull.

Grand marshals for this year’s parade are longtime Decatur residents Matt and Judy Connealy. They will be riding in the horse drawn buggy donated to the Community Club by Golden Spring Farm.

A variety of events have been planned for everyone regardless of age. Friday night is the fireman’s fish fry at the fire hall from 5-8 p.m. The Northeast Astronomy Club will be set up outside the Community Center at 9 p.m. with a telescope focused on the planets. Pop ‘n Doc’s will be having live music from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday starts bright and early with the 5K/1mile River Run at Beck Park. The kid’s 1-mile begins at 8 a.m. and will be over in time for the kid’s fishing tournament at 9 a.m. The amateur barbecue contest will get underway at 8 a.m. and the Broadway Bazaar will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors will be lining Broadway between 7th and 8th Street with a variety of arts, crafts, food, collectibles, jewelry, and flea market items.

The Methodist women will be having a bake sale beginning at 9 a.m. in the basement of the Community Center and will serve rolls and coffee until 11 a.m. You can get lunch there until 2 p.m.

The Main Street parade begins at 1 p.m. registration will be from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the lift station area in Beck Park. There is no charge to enter the parade and prizes will be awarded in three categories.

At 2 p.m. don’t miss the chance to hear the Burt County Brass Quintet performing at the Main Street Trolley. On Saturday afternoon, the BBQ contest will be in full swing at the ball park, where there will also be a softball tournament.

At 7:30 p.m. join the cast of the Decatur Community Players for their one-act musical comedy “Murder at Crimson House,” that challenges the cast members and audience alike to figure out “Whodunit” after a corpse appears in a dilapidated hotel. The one-hour play features seven original songs and choreographed dance routines. Admission is free, but a free will donation will be accepted.

From 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. join the Broadway Brothers for Woodstock on Broadway with music by In Due Time.

Sunday begins with the boat-in breakfast at Beck Park from 7-11 a.m. There will be musical entertainment and a men’s and women’s horseshoe tournament from 8-11 a.m. The Jim Maryott memorial Carp City Open will launch from Beck Park at 8 a.m. with weigh-in at 1 p.m. Decatur Rock will be providing complimentary hot dogs after the weigh-in.


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