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National entertainment returns to RiverFest in Ft. Madison

Jul 10, 2017

RiverFest is a four-day music, arts, and community festival that takes place the first week in August every year in Ft. Madison.

Some of the activities planned are sporting events such as the RiverFest Games on Saturday of the festival. The RiverFest Games encompasses sports such as kickball, dodgeball, sand volleyball, kanjam and bags.

The Games are preceded on Saturday Morning by the RiverFest 5K Run/Walk. Saturday also hosts a free guided kayak/canoe float on the Mississippi River from Riverview Park to the Lee County conservation area at Heron Bend. There will be free open play and instruction on Pickleball staffed and sponsored by Onix Pickleball, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pickleball equipment.

In addition, kids can enjoy a carnival, which will provide no less than 16 rides for festival attendees’ enjoyment. Also, there will be commercial, craft, and antique vendors set up all weekend in addition to a food court with a wide variety of appetizing menu choices.

RiverFest will host entertainment on two stages over the four-day festival. The Main Stage Entertainment will be an all-day affair on Friday and Saturday and include national level Entertainment including the first winner of television’s Nashville Star, Buddy Jewell, the number one rated Garth Brooks Tribute act out of Nashville, Shawn Moss. In addition, local legends, The Ozone Ramblers will headline the main stage on Friday evening.

Event organizers suggest families bring their own law chairs.

On Sunday at RiverFest, there is no charge for entertainment, and in the morning there will be a charity breakfast. This year organizers are raising funds to help the local chapter of the American Legion send local Lee County veterans to Washington, D.C.

RiverFest’s mission statement includes the phrase “Something for Everybody” and in keeping true to that phrase, Dragon Boat races have already been added for 2018.

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