Several events around the county today and Saturday give residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy food, culture, music, rides and exercise for a good cause.
Among the offerings Saturday is the inaugural Radcliff Cultural Festival, which offers a day-long calendar of events concluding with fireworks.
The Radcliff Optimist Club is hosting a pancake breakfast and the city is coordinating a parade while the new cultural festival committee, made up of volunteers, is running the event.
There will be around 25 cultural performances on stage for around 10 hours.
Festival co-organizer Toshie Murrell said the event is designed to celebrate Radcliff’s diversity and brand the city as a place to experience the world.
Murrell said 20 or 30 key volunteers have helped organize the festival. She thanked the city for coordinating the parade.
“It’s definitely been a journey of forming partnerships,” she said.
The festival features a variety of international food options, live entertainment and a fashion show. It ends with fireworks sponsored by Corvin’s.
Murrell said organizers plan a food court area, cultural center and vendor area. There also is a stage where dances, musical performances and other cultural demonstrations take place.
Reigning Miss Puerto Rico U.S. Latina 2019, Naysa Marrero, appears at the fashion show and takes part in the parade, Murrell said.
The Radcliff Cultural Festival begins at 11 a.m. at Radcliff Square Shopping Center. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs along North Dixie Boulevard. The pancake breakfast is from 7 to 9 a.m. at Colvin Community Center and costs $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.
Other events this weekend:
ROKTOBERFEST. The fifth annual event – a primary fundraiser for the Hardin County AM Rotary Club – is from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Brown-Pusey House garden and Cherry Alley parking lot in Elizabethtown.
Club secretary Rick Walters said Saturday’s activities feature The Crashers from Louisville and Van Winkle & The Spirits from Bowling Green.
The Crashers have made appearances on late-night television shows such as “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” while Van Winkle & The Spirits describe their performances as “music that hits your soul from the inside and makes you feel good.”
Beer, wine and food are available for purchase at the event. Money raised goes back into the community for various causes, Walters said.
He said he expects a few thousand people to attend.
RIVER DAYS. A tradition in West Point for more than 40 years, River Days is today and Saturday.
The festival is from 4-11 p.m. today with booths and rides and continues at noon Saturday with a parade featuring superheroes. The rest of the day is filled with activities and ends with a fireworks display.
Also in the parade lineup is the bubble car, an interactive car that projects bubbles. For an hour after the parade is over, it will be set up in the park with bubble stations for children.
Musical acts include an Elvis Presley tribute, local band Mike DuWayne and Co. and headliners JoLivia, a group made up of Josh Logan and Olivia Henken, both finalists on NBC’s “The Voice.”
Activities take place in Veterans Memorial Park in West Point.
“This festival is when many former West Point residents come back to visit the place they’re from,” said Chris Lueken, a festival organizer. “It’s like a celebration within the community as well as a homecoming.”
CLARITY WALK. With a goal of raising $75,000, Clarity Solutions’ Walk for Life is Saturday at John Hardin High School. The walk begins at 9 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m.
Director of Ministry Advancement Maegan Bennett said Walk for Life raises money needed “to provide help and hope to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in Central Kentucky.”
Walkers can sign up online and/or get a paper pledge form from Clarity and raise money through sponsors for the two-mile walk around the John Hardin campus.
There also is face painting, snow cones, popcorn, a photo booth and music. A reception with refreshments follows the walk.
“Those that participate in the Walk for Life and raise funds for Clarity are directly helping support the efforts to save babies and strengthen families,” Bennett said. Nearly 400 people participated last year.