By Kristin Rover
New Richmond River Days is coming up Aug. 16-18, and it looks like it is going to be a fantastic year, according to RiverFest Secretary Gary Skeene.
“It’s really coming together and it looks really good,” Skeene said about the event this year.
Similar to previous years, the festival will feature food vendors, rides, musical entertainment, games, a car show, shopping vendors, the Cardboard Boat Regatta, fireworks, and more.
“New this year we’re having an antique tractor show,” Skeene said.
Skeene said the show will be held on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
The Fourth of July Parade, which was cancelled because of bad weather, was rescheduled for River Days. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
“It really should be a large parade,” Skeene said. “Veterans will be brought up on stage afterward.”
The Cardboard Boat Regatta, featuring dozens of handmade cardboard boats racing down the river, will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Registration for the races will open at 10 a.m.
Skeene said there will be musical entertainment all weekend long on two stages at the festival.
He said the headline bands include Ooh La La and the Greasers on Friday night, American Graffiti Band on Saturday night, and Dr. Dan and the Stray Dogs on Sunday afternoon.
“The music variation is mixed,” Skeene said. “All of the entertainment is free.”
Skeene said fireworks will start at 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Skeene said there will also be a variety of shopping booths booths and educational booths at the event.
He said there will also be several opportunities to go for a dinner cruise during the event.
“There will be dinner cruises Friday and Saturday night,” Skeene said. “The historical society is sponsoring a musical cruise on Sunday.”
Skeene said River Days is a great opportunity for residents to come out and enjoy all kinds of activities.
He said a full schedule of events should be available at www.newrichmond.org in the next couple of days. More information about River Days can also be found on the website.