Last year, the Parnell Duck Race brought the Parnell community together to celebrate. Starting out the parade were the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Pack 131, Parnell. The boys representing the scouting organization were Wyatt Craven, Eddie Stephenson, Chase Clabaugh and Chase Atkins.

The annual Parnell Duck Race and Festival will be held Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 with the theme, “Back in the Saddle.”

Saturday activities are: pulled pork sandwiches and nachos at the East Park Shelter, proceeds will go to the Parnell city sign renovation, 6 to 8 pm; Senior sponsored cornhole tournament; Kids pedal pull in the middle park, 7:30 pm; Family movie in the park at bandstand, bring lawn chairs and blankets, freewill donation, drinks and popcorn available to purchase, proceeds go to NEN senior class, 8:30 pm; Fireworks presented by Parnell Volunteer Fire Department, after movie; fire department beer garden and music in the East City Park shelter, served by Tuck Point Bar and Grill, Ravenwood, 8 pm to midnight.

Sunday activities are: Free show and shine in the east park, registration, 9 am to noon, awards at 3 pm, prizes and dash plaques awarded, 50/50 drawing, for information, contact Steve Mullock, 660-582-9374; church service/sing along by Gene Hinrichsen, Parnell United Methodist Church at bandstand, bring a lawn chair, 10:45 am; UMC barbecue served at white tent in park, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; “Back in the Saddle” parade, Grand Marshals Bob and Anna Parker, registration by NEN 4-H Club at UMC from 9:30 to 11 am, starts at 11:30 am; homemade ice cream at the Lions Shelter, proceeds go to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, noon until it’s gone; Outlaw Creek Band and mystery box auction during band breaks at the bandstand, noon to 4 pm; Duck Race on Platte River, sponsored by NEN senior class, 1:30 pm; bathtub races on Main Street, 3 pm.

All day activities on Sunday include craft and vendor fair, set up free of charge; NEN class booths; and FFA 50/50 raffle.

It is recommended to bring lawn chairs. The festival will be held rain or shine.