The Sprint Families in the Park series returns Thursday to Jackson Park. The event is now in its 20th year.
The show begins at 7 p.m. but the festivities begin earlier as picnickers gather on the lawn and community groups serve up food for purchase.
Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts bring their classic rock ’n’ roll to the Aug. 1 kick-off, sponsored by Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. Hood River Adult Center will serve up a barbecue and Special Olympics will sell root beer floats.
Entertainment starts at 6:15 p.m. with a gymnastics demonstration followed by Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, one of the premier bands on the West Coast performing music from the 1950s and 1960s.
Another highlight Thursday will be the 8 p.m. drawing for the 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Tickets are being sold for $100 each in the drawing. Proceeds help pay for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital mammography unit. Additional prizes will be given away by the hospital and by Sprint, the chief sponsor of Families in the Park.
Hood River Community Education organizes the Families in the Park, with the help of numerous local businesses.
The Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts show has been described as a “toe-tappin’ tour of the Golden Era of rock and roll” with tributes to Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, and others.