The eighth annual Blast from the Past Festival opens at the Bainbridge Community Center on June 6 at 9 a.m.
The two-day festival is the main fundraiser for Friends of the Park in Roachdale, Bainbridge and Russellville and helps support the Summer Fun in the Sun program in local parks.
This year's festival includes live entertainment, food, craft vendors, an old fashioned carnival, a family movie at dusk Saturday and a stage coach and pony rides from Hope's Way and lots of fun.
Registration for the car and truck show begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Non-perishable food items are being accepted at the car show and will be donated to the Two Fish Food Pantry in Bainbridge.
Over 40 awards will be given out at the park, car and truck show. Categories for the show include cars and trucks 25 years or older (1900 to 1984), cars and trucks 24 years old or less (1958 to 2009) and off road truck any style.
Proceeds from the show also help fund the Summer Lunch Bunch Program, field trips, Red Ribbon Week, and the End of Summer Luau for kids.
Groups performing at this year's festival include the F-5 Band, Upward Journey, Jack Gibson Band, Jodi Buis and Rob, Becky & Sarah.
The friends group will be serving biscuits and gravy at 10 a.m. both days.
Friends of the Park was formed in June 2003. Dianna Gorrell and Dana Alerding, wives of two of the Russellville park board members, set up the organization to help offset funds for the park board.
In December 2003 a newly appointed town council revised their codebook and abolished the park board. Friends of the Park decided to move forward and serve the community by promoting festivals and events at the Russellville Community Park.
A board was formed and officers were elected. They developed by-laws and articles of organization and filed for not for profit status.
The organization does not have a membership fee and is made up of all volunteers.
They are always looking for volunteers. To volunteer with Friends of the Park e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 765-435-2813. For information about Blast from the Past visit their Web site at www.friendsoftheparkrussellville.org.