Raleigh Days will take on a bit of different flavor this year with paint ball competitions, a car show and a 5K run Saturday at the Raleigh Park.
Jaime and Nathan Baugher are organizing the paint ball games with a charge of $3 per player and target shooting available to those age 2 and up for $1 for 10 rounds.
The competitions typically involve two teams of two players playing against each other.
“There are at least four out there competing against each other to make it a little more fun,” Raleigh Days Organizer Charlotte Brown said.
While the youngsters enjoy blasting their paint, parents on Saturday will welcome the return of the Raleigh Days Car Show — with cars parked well away from the flying paint balls.
Raleigh Masonic Charities is sponsoring the car show that involves first, second and third place trophies for stock cars — three or less non-factory modifications, personalized stock — four or more non-factory modifications, and street machines — such as non street legal and replicas, cars featuring a roll cage, wheelie bars or other such modifications.
There will also be awards for Best of Show, Longest Distance Traveled and Most Likely to Get Pulled Over.
Registration is $25 with sign-up from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and judging beginning at 2:30 p.m. Admission for the public is free.
The Cars For Kids organization began operating a Memorial Day Car Show at the Accelaquarter Raceway Park and Raleigh Days discontinued its car show during that time. Since then the drag strip has come under new ownership.
The Raleigh Masonic Lodge was looking for a fund-raiser and agreed to organize the car show.
“They do a lot of things for the community, so we’re glad to have them jump in and join us,” Brown said.
The 5K Run/Walk is a morning event with registration from 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. This will be a timed run organized by an Evansville, Ind., group called To the Finish. Professional runners like timed runs for training purposes and Brown said of the 27 runners signed up several have said the timed aspect is the reason they are participating.
The run will be up hilly Raleigh Chapel Road and there will be several spotters out to slow down traffic and operate drink tables along the route.
Brown said the musical talent is local this year with Keith Ital, Mama T and Keelan Holloway performing. Holloway is currently in the top 20 in a Z-100 talent competition as part of Herrin Fest.
The Raleigh Days Schedule is:
5 p.m. — Ice Cream Social
6 p.m. — Raleigh Senior Citizens Recognition
6:30 p.m. — Gospel Music by Keith Ital
Page 2 of 2 - 7 p.m. — Little Mr. and Miss Photo Contest for ages 1 through 5
7:30 p.m. — Union Grove Gospel Band
All day: Flea market, car show sign up is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with judging at 2:30 p.m.
8 a.m. — Running 4 Raleigh 5K Run Walk begins — registration 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Bounce House by Ferrell Hospital, weather permitting
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Paint ball
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Face painting, hair spraying, tattoos by Flip-Flops and Fitness
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — Old Fashioned Bed Turning Quilt Show
10:30 a.m. — Free games for the kids at the park shelter
11:30 a.m. — Cake Walk
1 p.m. — Parade
1:30 p.m. — Raleigh First Baptist Church FROGS choir
2 p.m. — Hula-Hooping with Linda Phelps
3 p.m. — Car show announcements
4 p.m. — Elvis and Rock N Roll by Keith Ital
5 p.m. — Mama T and guest
6 p.m. — Country Music by Keelan Holloway