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LEHIGH – After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Lehigh River Days celebration will return this month.
The celebration will take place Friday through June 20 in Lehigh.
“I hope this year will be good”, said Brett Smith, chairman of the Lehigh River Days committee. “It’s good to get back to normal.”
With last year’s event having been canceled, this will be the 39th annual celebration.
New this year will be phosphorescent volleyball on Friday night.
“It’s going to be fun to watch” Smith said. “The only things that are going to be lit are the dividing lines, the net and the ball.”
Registration for the phosphorescent volleyball tournament will begin at 7 p.m. and the game will begin at 8 p.m.
Friday night will also have the Little Miss and Mr. River Days children’s talent show at 5:30 p.m.
The parade will start on Saturday at 10 a.m. After the parade, the Lehigh Museum will be open and there will be a car show and train rides on Main Street.
This afternoon will be a tasting at Lehigh Locker, a sack tournament and bingo at the community center.
“Another novelty this year is a school climb on a mountain bike”, Smith said. “Lehigh is sort of known for all the hills.”
They’re going to ask people to try to ride their bikes up the biggest hill in town. The climb starts at 3 p.m.
The Seniors Center will host a Saturday lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Lehigh Fire Department will host their pork loin supper at the community center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday night will end with a street dance featuring Section 7 Band from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. downtown.
Sunday, June 20 will begin with a community church service followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the baseball stadium starting at 8 a.m.
The Lehigh Locker Cook-Off will be on East Green from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It’s a pretty town and the river runs through it, so it’s a pretty cool place” Smith said of Lehigh. “The people are all really nice. It’s just a good little town.
Most weekend events are free, with the exception of the volleyball tournament. Smith said the volleyball tournament will also include team prizes.
Concessions will also be available from various vendors throughout the weekend.
Smith said he still hopes more vendors will sign up for the three-day event. Interested sellers can call 515-359-2252 to register.
For more information on Lehigh River Days events, see https://www.facebook.com/Lehigh-River-Days-355262727631/.