Two annual fall events will be combined into one this weekend.

The Rienzi Fire Department will host the 2nd Annual Rienzi Fall Festival and Car Show on Saturday as the two happenings join forces due to the still lingering concerns of COVID-19.

“Things have been kind of dead here in the town of Rienzi for a while now so we decided we wanted to do something special for the community,” said Rienzi Fire Chief and event spokesperson Joe Bishop. “We used to have things like this all the time like the Lions Club and the dance hall but that’s all died down recently."

Bishop added, "Everyone at the fire department made a unified decision to hold this dual event for the community.”

The festival will feature a plethora of activities for all ages.

“We’ll have games for ages zero to three years and then from four on up thru adults, no matter how old,” Bishop said.

The day will begin with a community wide yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m. with all vendors welcome. Yard sale vendors will need to bring their own tables and supplies. Setup is free, but any and all donations will be greatly appreciated.

“We invite everyone that would like to take part in the yard sale to simply come set up,” he said. “People can sale anything they want from clothes to furniture to personal items.”

All proceeds from the activities will benefit the Rienzi Fire Department.

“The funds for all the supplies and prizes were provided by the members of the fire department,” Bishop said. “If we just simply break even that will be okay with us. We just want the town of Rienzi and the entire community to have a fun day on Saturday.”

The car show will feature cars, trucks, bikes and other vehicles. Registration for the show begins at 7 a.m. at the fire department with a $10 fee. Best of Class awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

From 12 until 5 p.m., offerings include carnival style games with prizes. Games will include, but are not limited to, a frisbee toss, knock down the cans, bean bag toss, toilet paper toss, horseshoe toss, duck pond game, torpedo launch, a bowling game and dino dig. There will be food, music, games and more for all ages to enjoy. A Dessert Walk is scheduled for 5 p.m. at a cost of $5 per walk.

Rienzi firefighters will be selling slugburgers, chips, dessert and a drink for $5 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Beverly Bishop is the committee chairperson.

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