by Lisa Tome
While Sunfest focuses on Rising Sun and its business community, a similar event a few weeks earlier will celebrate hope, recovery, and prevention of drug abuse.
Three weeks before Sunfest, in Rising Sun's Center Square, a Recovery Celebration will be held Saturday, May 14 from 3-7 p.m. This event is sponsored by STEPS Recovery Resources, Inc. and kicks off National Prevention Week. April Foster is coordinating this event, which is for the whole family.
The events for the day include opening exercises at 3 p.m. Rising Sun Martial Arts will do a demonstration beginning at 3:15 p.m. There will be recovery speakers at 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., and 5:15 p.m. There will be live musical entertainment by Nate Hodge and Pilisa Mackey starting at 3:45 p.m. Line dancing with Shirley Mackey begins at 4:30 p.m. Cecil's Got Talent begins at 4:45 p.m. Pie eating contests, for both adults and children begin at 5:30 p.m. Tribute artists for Elvis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Garth Brooks take the stage at 6 p.m. There will also be free Narcan administration training, vendors, crafters, and food for sale. There will be door prizes, raffles, a 50/50, hourly puppet shoes, and prizes for the talent contest and pie eating. Silent bids will be held to put a pie in the face of Police Chief Chip Peterson.
"This is all about support and all about the community," said Foster. "This is a celebration of recovery and people coming together."
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