NORTON — “Making Friends in the Mountains” is the theme of this year’s Best Friends Festival in Norton from June 5-11.
As the festival returned in 2021 after a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, Wise and Norton County Chamber of Commerce President Rick Colley said 2022 would bring the festival back to normal activities and events. this summer.
“Post-pandemic, we’re bringing back some of the favorites from past Best Friend festivals,” Colley said. “We will have Karaoke in the Park, Cranking with Crutchfield and Gospel Night as well as several events throughout the week. We are looking forward to a large crowd this year.
The festival begins Sunday, June 5 with the traditional Children’s Fishing Day from 4-6 p.m. at Norton Reservoir, followed by a nighttime float from 7-10:30 p.m. Participants may bring their own kayak, and some kayaks will be available. .
Monday night, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. is Gospel Night in the City Park Avenue parking lot, featuring Lost Creek Ministries Praise and Worship, Soul’s Journey and other artists.
On Tuesday, June 7, several youth and family activities in downtown Norton at the municipal parking lot and at the Norton Expo Center:
• Rodeo by bike for ages 12 and under, 2 p.m.
• Painting a trash can, 3 p.m.
• Outdoor crafts, 3 p.m.
• Treasure Bin Workshop, 4-5 p.m.
• Friends and Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m.
• Karaoke contest: Kids 2-10 starting at 5 p.m., followed by 10-18 year olds and the Adult Karaoke contest for ages 18 and up, the Kids Talent Show for ages 15 and under, and the Adult Talent Show for ages 15 and up.
Wednesday, June 8 includes:
• Norton Cinema City Children’s Day, with $1 admission for children’s movies at 10 a.m. and noon.
• Seniors Day, 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Norton Expo Center
• a children’s night at the Lions Club/Kiwanis Club downtown Park Avenue, 5-9 p.m., followed by movie night at 8:45 p.m. with “The Missing Link.”
On Thursday, June 9, the “Touch-A-Truck” family event on Park Avenue across from Woodbooger Grill, where city and first responder vehicles will be on display from 5-7 p.m. Starting at 8 p.m., the “Cranking with Crutchfield Car Show and Teen Dance” runs until 11 p.m. The dance is for ages 13-19 only.
The First Bank and Trust Best Friend Celebration hot dog lunch opens Friday events from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the main stage of the municipal parking lot.
A tribute to the 1951 Norton Little League team will follow at 7.30pm on Friday. Fun Night continues at 8 p.m. with entertainers Craig Street Ramblers, Sundown at 8:45 p.m. and Railway Express at 9:45 p.m. A Kids Place downtown from 7 p.m. rubber band and other activities.
On Saturday, June 11, wrap up the Best Friends Festival with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Norton Expo Center. The Rehab 5K Hero Benefit Run begins at the expo center at 7:00 p.m., and the citywide garage sale also runs from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Flea market vendors will also be at the Country Cabin II parking lot and the municipal parking lot beginning at 7 a.m.
The city will autograph a plaque at 2 p.m. to the 1951 Norton Little League team for being the first team desegregated. The plaque will be unveiled at Park Avenue near Romano’s Restaurant. JI Burton High School will hold its Hall of Fame dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the Class of 1958 reunion.