BENTON -- The tradition of being "neighborly" continues this weekend during the annual Benton Neighbor Days as a parade and activities for all ages are planned in the Scott County town.
"It's a good, fun-filled weekend, and it's family-oriented," said Barry Urhahn, chairperson of the weekend's event sponsored by the Benton Chamber of Commerce. "Walk around and say 'Howdy, neighbor,' and if you the pick right person to say it to, you get $5."
Several activities are planned for the two-day festival, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday. Amusement rides and carnival games are offered both nights.
Neighbor Day royalty will be crowned on Friday. There are four pageants -- Tiny Mr. and Miss, Little Mr. and Miss, Junior Miss and Queen -- which begin at 6:30 p.m. on the stage. Urhahn said queen contest will begin immediately after the Junior Miss, which should be around 8:30 p.m.
Also, on Friday the band, "Nite Shift," will play beginning at 9 p.m.
A 5K run at 7:30 a.m. Saturday will kick-off the day's events. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. behind the Benton Post Office. Registration forms are also available at caperoadrunners.org, Urhahn said.
The midway opens at 11 a.m. Saturday while a parade that winds through the Benton streets begins at 10:30 a.m.
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