Just as they have for many years Alisha Blackwelder and her 5-year-old son, Henry Blackwelder, went to Parkville Days last weekend.
They started by participating in the Parkville Days parade — Alisha, special events manager with Park University, riding the local school’s float and Henry with the other young warriors on the float created by KiCK Martial Arts school. Then the two perused the Western shows, checked out the fire truck parked at the festival and hung out at the midway where Henry developed a special affinity for a giant slide looming over English Landing Park.
“It’s a fun time for all of us,” Alisha said.
Parkville Days was started in 1973 when the Smithsonian American Art Museum returned a painting depicting the Northland city’s downtown district created by local artist Gale Stockwell. The return of “Parkville, Main Street” marked the beginning of the festival.
An estimated 10,000 people were present through the the three-day festival.
“It’s been better than any other year,” Mayor Nan Johnson said.