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Radcliff has a bounty of new community events on tap over the next month aligning with a campaign promise issued by Mayor J.J. Duvall to bolster community spirit.
The series of events starts Saturday with a Radcliff Community Yard Sale and will run through late September, when Radcliff launches a new parade.
Duvall said the community yard sale was birthed to give local residents a centralized location to sell their wares. The yard sale begins Saturday at 8 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. at Radcliff City Hall parking lot. Duvall said there are no setup fees to pay and all of the proceeds collected by vendors during the sale are theirs to keep. Food vendors also will be accessible.
The following weekend, Radcliff will play host to multiple events Sept. 3, including the appearance of a pink fire truck parade at 10.a.m., which will start at Radcliff City Hall, move down Lincoln Trail Boulevard and come to rest at Peddler’s Mall, Duvall said.
Radcliff Fire Chief Jamie Henderson said the event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is hosted by the Hardin County Fire Chiefs Association at no cost to the city.
The pink fire truck is prominently featured as part of a traveling national campaign promoting cancer awareness. Duvall encouraged cancer survivors to attend the event as they will be able to sign the truck before it departs Radcliff.
Henderson said organizers are looking for local cancer survivors to tell their stories during the event.
“We really just want a whole bunch of support from the community,” Henderson said.
Later in the day, City Park North will travel back in time as the city hosts a movie night in the park with a retro theme.
Duvall said there will be food and games available, such as hula hoop and bubble gum blowing competitions. The featured movie is Grease. For those who haven’t seen the movie, Duvall said, it will be a great way to spend Labor Day weekend with the family. Radcliff spokesman Bryce Shumate said the movie night is a great option for families who choose to have a “staycation” at home during the holiday weekend.
On Sept. 24, Radcliff will cap off the month with the launch of its new Radcliff Days parade. The morning kicks off at 8 a.m. with breakfast at Colvin Community Center. The parade starts at 10 a.m.
“That’s one thing I had promised the community when I was running,” Duvall said. “I wanted to add more events and (improve) quality of life.”
Shumate said the parade will run from Deepwood Drive to Lincoln Trail Boulevard and end at Freedoms Way. State Street will be used to line up the parade and will be closed from Atcher Street to Deepwood Drive for a few hours prior to the event, Shumate said. Lincoln Trail Boulevard, meanwhile, will be closed to traffic during the parade.
Shumate said the parade already has several entries, “but there’s always room for more.”
After the parade, a number of events will be held in and around Radcliff City Hall, including kid’s games, a car show, live music and food booths. Shumate said an emergency services display also will be set up in the area for visitors to peruse.
An artisan and crafts event also will be held at Colvin Community Center. The inside portion of the center is booked, Shumate said, but booth space is still available outside.
The day also will feature the first hero games, in which local public safety agencies will square off in teams of five through a number of challenges, including a vehicle push and tug of war, for prizes. Shumate said the first- and second-place teams will receive gift certificates for each team member from Galls, which specializes in public safety equipment and apparel.
“It’s like an emergency services candy store,” Shumate said.
The Radcliff Days parade may replace the annual Christmas parade in December, but Duvall said details have not been worked out.
Duvall said he expects the events to cost the city about $5,000 because of the number of donations and sponsorships secured to cover costs. Once donations and sponsorship money was totaled for June’s Summer Blast, the city was left with about $2,500 in expenses, he added.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info
Those interested in participating in the Radcliff Days parade or learning more about the event can contact Bryce Shumate at Radcliff City Hall at (270) 351-4714. Those interested in entering an artisan or craft booth can contact Recreation Director Lori Jury at (270) 351-4079.