River Days full steam ahead

By Frank Lewis

August 22, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Portsmouth River Days chairman Trent Williams says, contrary to some rumors floating around these days, the Labor Day weekend event is full steam ahead.

The first rumor Williams debunked was that only five organizations have signed up to participate in the River Days Parade on Aug. 31.

“No, there’s a lot more than that,” Williams said. “I picked up more than five parade applications at the post office today. I have at least 30 right there in my hand.”

Another rumor is that there is money missing from the event’s funds.

“Not from us,” Williams said. “It’s a lower income year. I don’t call that missing money. Missing money is what I call someone’s taking money out of the kitty. That isn’t true at all. The economy is down. We’re on less of a budget than last year, and especially since last year was our 50th and we tried to bring in more money last year. It’s certainly down from four or five years ago.”

Williams said River Days is moving forward and on schedule.

“This (rumors) is typical,” Williams said. “A couple of years ago it was the pageant was all corrupt. And now you’ll hear things about the parade, the festival, but everything is coming along.”

Williams said anyone who wants to be in the parade can go to portsmouthriverdays.org, and under the “parade” tab, they can click on the parade entry form button, download it from their computer and send it in. The same goes for the other special additions this year - the Pedal Tractor Pull for kids and the community yard sale.

Thursday, Aug. 29, at 8:30 p.m. the headline act will be the very popular Phil Dirt and the Doziers, with special guests, Steve Free and City Heat. Friday, Aug. 30, at 9:30 p.m., the main act will be The Kentucky Headhunters, with guests the Rose Mountain Ramblers and The Whipps. Big time country act Restless Heart will be the featured attraction on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 9:30 p.m. and special guests will include Larry Whitt and Blue-Eyed Soul and Terry Hall and the Dave Morrison Band. Sunday, Sept. 1, at 8:30 p.m., Cook & Belle will top off the evening’s entertainment, which will also include Bobby Blanton and Doc Roc and the Remedies.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, the SOMC Fireworks Extravanza will put the final touch on a big day of entertainment that will include kids activities at York Park from 12-4 p.m., with the United Way Ducky Derby also at noon, and the River Days Praise Fest at 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., featuring Trinu and the Marty Ford Experience.

“Everything as far as I know is that it is going to be another great River Days,” Williams said.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.