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ROAR – the revitalization of Russell and Akeley – is bringing back its Pine Grove Days event this Saturday.

A full day of activities is planned.

The day begins with the Run for ROAR 5K with the kick off scheduled for 9am at Russell United Methodist Church. “Day of” Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

“At 10 a.m. there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new canoe and kayak launch along Conewango Creek,” said Katie Walker. “The launch is located at Larimer Park.”

Walker said starting at 11 a.m. there will be a vendor fair with crafts, food and lemonade, among other items. The Russell Antiques & Treasures Trading Post will be holding a flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The Russell Volunteer Fire Department will also be serving their delicious Chicken BBQ”, she says. “There will also be wood carvings and Civil War medical demonstrations throughout the day.”

A parade is due to start at 11 a.m. from Woodlawn Drive on North Main Street and end at the Russell Volunteer Fire Department.

“It will feature many local organizations and is sure to be fun for all ages,” says Walker.

Russell United Methodist Church will also host a children’s zone from noon to 4 p.m., featuring a petting zoo, magician, face painting, hula hooping, games, crafts and more.

The Misfits will perform at the church at 2 p.m. and a car cruise will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Classic cars are invited to join the show”, says Walker. “Registration for the cruise will begin at 2 p.m. at the corner of Pine and State St. in Russell.

“The day will end with Dancin’ at Larimer featuring music from the Russell Roller Rink from 7-9pm at Larimer Park,” she says, “Followed by the day’s grand finale – an incredible fireworks display provided by Ace Pyro.”

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