Annual ShrinerFest set to start Thurs.

Annual ShrinersFest set to start Thurs.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Rain may not be an issue for the start of Hadi ShrinersFest.

The annual summer event starts at 11 a.m. Thursday and runs through Sunday. You might’ve already noticed detours along Riverside Drive as crews set up.

[Riverside Drive closed ShrinersFest]

This year, the festival is honoring police, fire and EMS.

“That’s awesome,” vendor Jerry Mullis said. “That’s one more cause for me to be here.”

Mullis works as an assistant fire chief in northwest Indiana, but ShrinersFest brought him to Evansville. He will be running two separate stands and 14 News found him getting the props in place after a round of rain make its way across the Tri-State.

His lemon shake-ups will be one of many food and drink vendor options, along with lots of entertainment.

The U.S. Army will simulate their HALO jump during the air show.

New this year is a boxing event at Tropicana and a fire department water ball contest.

“Interacting with different people, and building my flag pole business,” Mullis added. “This is all new to me here within the last couple years and it’s going pretty well.”

The two big airshows are Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Those, along with the re-enactments, are expected to go on rain or show but severe weather or low clouds may cause a change of plans.

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