Festivities kick off today for Jesse James Days.


Festivities kick off today for Jesse James Days.

The carnival opens tonight at 5 p.m. with rides and vendors. Tammy Moore will provide gospel music at 6 p.m. on the square. There will be a Frisbee throw on the square at 7 p.m.

Thursday night the carnival opens from 5 – 10 p.m. with entertainment from local band “Johnny Dale & Along for the Ride” at 6 p.m. There will be a Frisbee throw on the square at 7 p.m.

Friday night the carnival opens at 5 p.m. and the fire department will be selling roasted corn. The Jesse James Day Pageant starts at 6 p.m. with more than 40 entries in eight categories. A pie auction will follow at 7 p.m. and “Johnny Dale & Along for the Ride” will start the entertainment at 8 p.m. There will be a Frisbee throw on the square at 7 p.m.

Saturday vendors will open at 1 p.m. The Jesse James Day parade rolls down Main Street toward the square at 5 p.m. The carnival opens and roasted corn sales also start at 5 p.m. After the parade, a bank robbery re-enactment will take place on the square. Also after the parade, a chicken dinner will be held at First Baptist Church behind US Bank: Chicken, sides, a roll and drink are $5.

Entertainment starts at 7 p.m. with “Johnny Dale & Along for the Ride” and a live auction starts at 8 p.m. There will be a Frisbee throw on the square at 7 p.m.

The four-day festival is the big fundraiser for the year for the Pineville Volunteer Fire Department. It doubles as a celebration of the community’s involvement in the 1938 filming of the movie “Jesse James” starring Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda.