River Town Days to offer fun for whole family

Published 2:09 pm Thursday, March 1, 2018

River Town Days is right around the corner, and with it comes plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Friday night, the festival will open at 5 p.m. with Faren Rachels taking the stage at 6:30 p.m. Rachels was named as one of the 2018 country “artist to watch”. Following Rachels’ performance, Drivin N Cryin will perform at 8 p.m. Both shows are free to the public.

While admission to these events is free, armbands for children to ride the rides cost $10. This does not include a ride on the helicopter. Helicopter rides cost $20 and shows an aerial view of the boat basin in a Robinson R-44 helicopter.

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Saturday is chock full of events. The Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreation Authority will be hosting a River Town Days 5K and 1-mile bike ride. The 5K begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25. The 1-mile bike ride will follow for children 10 and under and begins at 10 a.m. The cost is $12. Winners in each age group of the bike ride will receive a free armband for River Town Days. Those interested can register at playbainbridge.com. The registration deadline to guarantee a T-shirt is March 6.

River Town Days opens at 10 a.m. Flames on the Flint competitors will begin working on making their signature barbecue for the fifth annual cook off. As in previous years, Family Connection will be doing a Peoples’ Choice category. Festivalgoers can pay $10 and get six samples, where they can judge the professional pitmasters’ barbecue.

For those not interested in the Flames on the Flint BBQ Cook Off, they can look toward the corn-hole tournament at 1 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, but the winning team will get a 75% payback. Teams interested can email their registration to the chamber at lauren@bainbridgegachamber.com.

While the tournament is ongoing, Mainstream Band will be performing. At 2 p.m., Chip Joiner, FMX Motocross enthusiast, will be putting on a free motocross show. His show involves a metal ramp, where he goes airborne of up to 75 feet. He will have additional shows at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

River Town Days will also offer a variety of exhibition, food and beverage booths, such as snow cones, seafood and typical fair food. When not enjoying performances or a snack, children will have the opportunity to play on inflatables, climb a rock wall and more.