CNHI News Service
The city will host its annual homecoming celebration this weekend with a slate of events Saturday.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Rocking Good Time.” Activities will get under way at 7:30 a.m. with a two-hour pancake breakfast at Advance United Methodist Church.
The parade will begin at noon, with floats and other participants taking to a route that will travel from Beth Ann Drive to Bobby Crager Community Park on Reed Street.
Chairwoman Nancy Litteral said all are welcome to participate in the parade, encouraging groups to sign up. There is no registration fee; lineup will begin at 11 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place floats.
Litteral said the committee expects 20 to 25 units in the parade.
Opening ceremonies will be at the park at 1 p.m., followed by the Kentucky Memories Re-enactors at the Log Cabin. “We hope to have a cannon this year, weather permitting,” said Mayor Bobby Crager.
He said the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center will provide activities throughout the day. Additional activities include a car and tractor show, a kiddie tractor pull, hayrides, inflatables, a rock-climbing wall, a llama petting zoo and games. Food vendors will provide refreshments and DJ Ernie Anderson will provide live music throughout the day.
Larry Pancake will perform from 5 to 6 p.m. and the Flatwoods Volunteer Fire Department will host its Haunted House from 6 to 8 p.m., featuring goblins, games and candy.
Crager said he hopes to see a lot of familiar faces, including residents and former residents. “We just thought it would be nice to invite people to come out and celebrate,” he said of the event’s founding about a decade ago.
“It’s been very successful over the years, and it’s a good time for everybody to come out and enjoy the afternoon with us. We think we have a lot to offer,” Crager said.
To register for the parade, call Litteral at (606) 836-3012.
CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2653.