One of the Tri-City area’s most beloved traditions returns Thursday evening.
It’s Newark Days, a four-day festival held each September to celebrate the 57-year-old city. This year’s celebration, featuring the theme “Country Jamboree,” will offer a wide variety of family entertainment options, including:
A stage with musical performers, such as The Fog, a classic rock group, and Joni Morris & the After Midnight Band, who pay tribute to Patsy Cline and other legendary female country music singers.
A carnival area with traditional rides, including bumper cars, a seven-story Ferris wheel and a merry-go-round.
Beer, wine and food pavilions.
Arts-and-crafts booths, a petting zoo, a car-and-truck show and more.
This year’s celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday at Newark Community Park. It continues Friday and Saturday, and concludes at 9 p.m. Sunday.
It also features the 28th annual Newark Mile footrace. Registration is slated from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and the race begins at 9 a.m. Advance race registration is $15, while same-day registration is $20.
The Newark Days Parade is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade is free. Newark Community Park is at 35501 Cedar Blvd., near Newark Boulevard.
For more information, go online at www.newarkdays.org.