New Richmond Riverdays was ‘one of the best’

Visitors at Riverdays grab a bite to eat Aug. 17. The festival featured a variety of food booths.

Visitors at Riverdays grab a bite to eat Aug. 17. The festival featured a variety of food booths.
By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

The sun was shining, the temperatures were favorable, and thousands of residents came out to be part of the festivities at New Richmond Riverdays this year.

Gary Skeene, a member of the Riverfest Committee, said everything went well this year. 

“It was the best Riverdays I can ever remember,” Skeene said. “Everything just kind of went right.”

Skeene said they have had 40,000 people attend the event in the past and he thinks they were close to that number or even exceeded it this year. 

The festival began Friday and ended Sunday and was held along Front Street in the village. 

Skeene said their biggest turnout was Saturday. 

“Saturday night was the busiest,” Skeene said. “It always is because of fireworks.”

This year the committee had even more fireworks than normal because they used the fireworks from the Fourth of July fireworks show that had to be cancelled. 

The Fourth of July parade was also rescheduled for Riverdays, and Skeene said everyone loved having the parade on Saturday.

“Having the parade brought people down earlier,” Skeene said. “Everyone thought the parade was great.”

He said many people stuck around for the Cardboard Boat Regatta on Saturday and then enjoyed the other activities at the festival including rides, musical entertainment, food vendors, shopping, and more. 

Fireworks took place Saturday night as well as musical entertainment. 

“It’s a lot of fun,” Donna Couch, of New Richmond, said about the festival. “We come every year.”

Couch came to the event with family members and said they enjoy watching the cardboard boat races and the fireworks. 

“We look forward to it,” Couch said. 

Angel Maddrill, of Anderson Township, said she came with her daughter, Lucy, to watch the cardboard boat races and enjoy the festival.

“It’s fun,” Maddrill said. “The kids are enjoying seeing everything and being on the river.”

On Sunday, the festival continued with music and entertainment as well as a car show and antique tractor show. 

“The car show was fantastic,” Skeene said. 

He said they will work harder next year to get more participation in the antique tractor show. 

Residents from across the county came out to the event, and some Kentucky residents even drove their boats across the river to enjoy the festivities. 

Michelle Walter, of Cold Springs, Ky, said she boated here with her family. 

“We have been here a few times,” Walter said. “It’s fun. It’s always a good turnout.”

Riverdays is held at the end of August each year. For more information about the event, visit