Gospel music was in the air Wednesday evening outside the Riverside Center as an â€śOld Fashioned Praise and Worship Serviceâ€ť kicked off this yearâ€™s Kekionga Festival. Presented by the Decatur Ministerial Association, the event featured songs performed by the quartet of Larry Carty, Ryan Hirschy, Brian Horn and Jamie Conkling, above, and a message from guest speaker Pastor Kevin Hogg.
Photo By J Swygart
Decatur’s annual Kekionga Festival kicks off in earnest later today, highlighted by the Taste of Decatur event at Riverside Center from 4-8 p.m.
Taste of Decatur will feature area restaurants serving small portions from their menu, with offerings ranging from 50 cents to $3. The celebration gives attendees an opportunity to sample a variety of the best Decatur restaurants have to offer, from appetizers to entrees, to fast food and desserts.
Participating restaurants are:
• 224 Pub & Grill: Serving at “Taste of Decatur:” Slider burgers;
• BBQ To Go: Serving barbeque ribs and pulled pork sliders, potato salad, coleslaw, canned soft drinks and bottled water.
• Manley Meats: Serving pork burgers, barbeque ribs, pulled pork, pulled pork nachos, potato salad, brownies and cookies.
• The Back 40 Junction: Serving smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, cheesy red potatoes and sugar cream pie.
• The Old 27 Ice Cream Shop:Serving ice cream, mini sundaes, floats, walking tacos, hotdogs w/chili and cheese, soft drinks and bottled water.
The evening will also feature horse-drawn carriage rides,narrated by Max Miller, from 4-8 p.m.
6 p.m. — Razz M’ Jazz performance, Riverside Center.
6:45 p.m. — John Hebein, Riverside Center.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Education Day, Riverside Park and Riverside Center.
4 p.m. — Encampment open to the public, Riverside Park.
For the complete schedule, see today's print or online editions.