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Rineyville Days this weekend is expected to be bigger than ever, including a ramped-up fireworks show.
The fireworks are left over from a Fourth of July event that was rained out. Officials say the spectacle will be much bigger than the pyrotechnics at Rineyville Days last year.
The display is planned to conclude activities Friday and are one example of why this year is likely to be the largest Rineyville Days yet, said Jacob Geer, who is in charge of arts and crafts this year.
This is the lifelong Rineyville resident’s 11th year helping with the event, taking over for his mother, Elaine. She was one of the annual event’s founders.
Geer enjoys seeing residents manicure their lawns before the parade and get excited about getting together as a community.
“It’s the big day for the town,” he said.
The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Rineyville Community Park. A pageant for children 4 years old and younger, followed by Miss Rineyville for ages 5 to 18 begins at 6:30 p.m.
Food, inflatables and vendors also are planned.
Visitors can stop by the Cecilian Bank’s booth to sign up for giveaways. The first 50
children will get wristbands to use inflatables for free.
Events continue at 7 a.m. Saturday with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rineyville Fire Department at Rineyville Elementary School.
Festivities continue at the park at 10:30 a.m. with inflatables, food, vendors and hourly giveaways. An auction is scheduled for 1 p.m.
A parade, expected to be larger than those of previous years, begins at 10 a.m. at Rineyville Country Store.
Rineyville Fire Chief Shane Crutcher, who is in charge of the parade, said participation usually picks up when an election is on the way is upcoming.
In addition, organizers have heard groups that don’t usually participate express interest, contributing to the anticipation that the parade will be bigger than ever.
Community members support Rineyville Days because it is a fundraiser for the park, Crutcher said.
“They put a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of sweat in that area,” he said.
Tony Moore, who is in charge of Saturday’s Rineyville Days Car and Truck Show, agreed area residents take supporting the park seriously.
The Rineyville resident of about a decade said his children play at the park.
“Anything we can do for the park helps the kids,” he said.
The car show also might be bigger with an increased number of phone calls expressing interest, making Moore think participation will be high.
He credits increased advertising, predictions of great weather and a spillover from the success of Cruisin’ the Heartland for the spike in interest this year.
Registration for the car show immediately follows the parade. Judging starts at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $10.
Amber Coulter can be reached at 270-505-1746