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White Mills Days explores the Jurassic period this weekend.
Along with the annual festival’s regular favorites, many of the children’s games and prizes feature a dinosaur theme. The celebration is Friday and Saturday at White Mills Christian Camp. The event raises money for local events and organizations.
Tim Dennis, minister of White Mills Christian Church, said a lot of children enjoy dinosaurs, so the theme seemed appropriate.
With themed games, children can dig in sand for “fossils” that turn out to be prizes, and dinosaurs will float in what has traditionally been the duck pond.
“It’s the same thing that kids have enjoyed for years,” he said. “I have a tester to see whether the games are kid-friendly.”
Dennis said his 3-year-old granddaughter has approved the theme and games.
Old favorites return to the event, such as the barbecue chicken dinner served by the White Mills Homemakers Club, Dennis said.
“More people come for that than anything else,” he said with a laugh.
A local Boy Scout troop is serving hamburgers and hot dogs.
An open pool, games and other vendors are available.
A canoe race will kick off festivities at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Heartland Dulcimer Players perform Friday night and there are fireworks that night before the celebration concludes at about 10 p.m.
Saturday begins with a 5K run starting at White Mills Community Ball Park. A parade at 10 a.m. also begins at the ball park and continues down Ky. 84. A tractor show and car show also takes place that day.
The community celebration brings residents and their relatives together with past residents to spend time together, Dennis said.
“It’s kind of a community homecoming,” he said.
Dennis said in his 25 years in the community he has seen the bond formed between people during the event is often useful in bringing them together for other community initiatives.
“We’re all so busy,” he said. “It’s a connect time for a lot of people. White Mills is a bedroom community for a lot of people, and this is a time out from all the hustle and bustle.”
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.