Springtime in Paris will take place on North Express Street and other locations around Courthouse Square and in Paris Saturday.
This is the second year for the event, which drew an estimated 3,500 people last year.
Last week, the only variable left to consider for Paris Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tonya Baumgartner was the weather. The PACC sponsors the event.
The forecast for Saturday calls for up to a 30 percent chance of rain, mostly cloudy skies, highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 40s.
“I’m a little nervous about the weather,” Baumgartner said last week. “But the event will still take place, rain or shine.”
The event gets underway on Friday when the Miss Paris Pageant takes place at the Paris Middle School auditorium. The pageant is open to girls age birth to 19. The winners in age-group categories will participate in the opening ceremony of Springtime in Paris the next day.
Also scheduled to participate is Miss Arkansas Maggie Benton of Jonesboro who will sing the National Anthem at the opening ceremony and place a padlock on the Locks of Love Fence at Eiffel Tower Park where the opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. The event runs until 4 p.m.
Other activities include a Kidz Zone at the First National Bank of Paris parking lot, performances from the stage at Eiffel Tower Park, craft and food vendors on North Express and Main streets, and appearances by Elmo, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
“We’re hoping to get 4,000 people this year, if the weather is good,” PACC Executive Director Tonya Varnell said.
Here’s the schedule of the days’ events:
10 a.m. Opening Ceremony: The Rev. Fabio Nass from Southside Baptist leading the day in prayer, Pack 41 Boys Scouts presenting the flag, and Miss Arkansas, Maggie Benton singing the national anthem. Miss Arkansas to lock her love on the Love Lock Fence along with the pageant winners. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and Elmo from Sesame Street will be available for photos after ceremony.
10-4 Kids Zone Open: Pony rides, bounce houses, carnival games, crafts and more at the First National Bank parking lot.
10-4 Craft and Food Vendors Open: Located on the north and west sides of the Logan County Courthouse.
10-4 Activities at the Old Jail Museum located at 202 North Vine Street
10-1 Activities at the Coal Miners museum located at 804 South Elm
At Eiffel Tower Park
10:30 a.m. Merilee Voth performs.
11 a.m. Barnhill Studio’s youth to perform
Noon: Barnhill Martial Arts to perform
12:30 p.m. Photos with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Elmo
12:45 p.m. Cash Prize Contests- Hula Hoop (three age groups), Watermelon seed spiting, Spring Time in Paris Pet Winner announced (sign up at information booth at Eiffel Tower Stage).
1:20 p.m. Fine Line Movement. Two classes perform
1:30 p.m. Sweet River Band- county music
2 p.m. Photos with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Elmo
2:45 p.m. Merilee Voth performs.
3 p.m. World Famous Chicken Drop with $500 in prizes.
4 p.m. Festival closes