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River Falls Days - Thursday highlights

Jake Litecky, center, tries to choke down another slider as William Haines, left, and Phil Martola attempt to keep up at the second annual River Falls Days Slider Eating Contest sponsored by Mainstreeters Bar and Grill Thursday night in the First National Bank Parking lot. Litecky finished seven sliders in ten minutes but it wasn’t enough to beat Trevor Hall, who won the contest with nine. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)1 / 3
Members of the band Bad Habits Brass belt out a tune to kick off the River Falls Days music lineup in the First National Bank Parking lot Thursday night. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)2 / 3
The River Falls Lions Club was busy grilling up brats and burgers for Thursday night’s crowd at the food court. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)3 / 3

River Falls Days 2013 officially kicked off Thursday, July 11 with a slider eating contest, street dance, food vendors, downtown and Riverwalk merchant sales and more.

Friday’s event schedule includes:

--Bingo from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Second and Locust streets.

--Dunk tank noon to 3 p.m. on Locust Street.

--Community Dinner at River Falls United Methodist Church, located at 127 S. Second Street from 4:30-9 p.m.

--Root beer floats at the River Falls Ambulance bay, 175 E. Cedar Street, for $1 at 5 p.m.

--Legion pig roast from 5-8 p.m. at the American Legion, 701 N. Main Street.

--Laser Tag from 6-10 p.m. in the Family Fresh Market South parking lot, $6.

--River Falls Days parade at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start on Main and Moundsview streets, turn onto Division Street and finish up on Second Street.

--DJ teen dance from 9-11 p.m. on Main and Walnut streets.

--Street dance featuring Junk FM from 9-11 p.m. at Second and Locust streets. Entry fees apply.

A complete schedule of events can be found in the July 11 edition of the Journal, at the River Falls Chamber of Commerce website, or at local businesses.