Hundreds of citizens across the city and county gathered to celebrate friends, family and fun at Camanche Days.
The annual festival kicked off Thursday night with opening ceremonies at Platt Park.
This year’s event welcomes several new events with fresh ideas from new teen board members. It also faces adversity with the Washington Boulevard construction tearing through the middle of town.
“We’ve made changes, most are good,” Larkey said. “It’s an exciting year for Camanche Days.”
Opening events included a presentation of the colors by the Camanche VFW, a welcome from Mayor Ken Fahlbeck, commemoration of the 1987 state championship baseball team in honor of the 25th anniversary, introduction of the Camanche Days Board, teen board and event directors, little cuties and royalty.
This year’s prince and princess scholarship winners are Ian Boysen and Jane Keister.
Little cuties awards went to Bryah Hagerman, 14 months, daughter of BreAnne Hagerman, and Hunter Doyle, 19 months, son of Morgan Hardison and Corey Doyle.
George and Donna Current were named King and Queen.
Following the opening events, the community gathered for a suicide awareness kick-off event led by the new group, ‘Speak Out Against Suicide.’ The group of teens, parents and other concerned individuals urged attendees to take the pledge against suicide and offer support to those in need.
“We need to show support to those in need and catch the symptoms before they become more serious,” Jessica Pease of the new organization said.
Singers, dancers, musicians and more took the stage for the “Camanche Got Talent” show to close out the night. Camanche Days President Ron Johnston announced that Camanche Days won an award for best event at the volunteer awards in Clinton.
“This is a great event, but it wouldn’t be that way if it wasn’t for you,” Johnston said. “ All the volunteers, organizations, businesses and city officials are what makes this great event happen year after year.”