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Riverfest 2013



Call 269-684-0900 or 800-722-9710


The Niles Riverfest has been one of

Southwest Michigan’s most popular family festivals for more than 20 years. This free event celebrates one of the area’s greatest resources — the St. Joseph River. This year marks the return of an old classic: the Mr. and Miss Riverfest Con-

test. Other favorites return this year, including the Dragon Boat Races, Anything That Floats Raft Race, car show and antique lure and tackle display. Also, don’t miss the new motorcycle show. The fun begins Thursday, Aug. 1, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4. We’ll see you there!

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Matt Marsh

Since 1992, Niles Riverfest has grown to become a fun-filled summer family festival. It is held each year in downtown Niles at Riverfront Park along the St. Joseph River. Best of all, the festival is free. This fun-filled event has been attracting families from northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Riverfest began as a raft race on the St. Joseph River between local taverns. It remained just a raft race and then died out. In 1992, Sandy File and Gil and Penny Brazo brought it back to as more of a festival-type event, which included

the raft race. Before Riverfront Park was established, it was a challenge to hold a festival in that area. Most of the food vendors and games were held at the Eagle’s parking lot because the park was not yet landscaped. Since the park has been upgraded with the landscaping and walkways, Riverfest has really taken off. Niles Riverfest is a local festival that is coordinated by a volunteer staff of committee and board members of Riverfest Inc., and is supported by the donations of local area individuals, businesses and organizatios.

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Bring a camera to Riverfest and you could be a winner! Leader Publications is offering a Niles Riverfest Past and Present Photo Contest to anyone with a camera. All photographs must be entered electronically through the contest pages either on our Facebook fan pages or on our website at You may enter up to 10 photographs. Enter photographs from past or present Niles Riverfests. View the entries and vote for your favorite. Every day, new photos will appear on our website, Submit photos up until midnight Aug. 16. First place gets a one year family membership to the Niles-Buchanan YMCA, an $820 value. Second and third place winners get a gift card to Pizza Transit. Winners will be determined by a points system based on the popular vote and the votes of two staff judges. Judging will be based on how well the photograph tells the story of Riverfest as well as general composition.



Enjoy our hand-tossed pizza bubbling with cheese, or customize it with our virtually endless topping combinations!

Delivery • Carry Out • Dine In 215 E. Main St., Niles FREE BREADSTICKS With a dine-in purchase


Heather Cheek submitted this photo of her daughter hoola-hooping at Riverfest.

Offer Valid August 1 – August 7, 2013 Not to be combined w/ other offers


& Care for seniors

West Woods of Niles would like to thank everyone involved in voting us Best of the Best nursing home in Niles. West Woods of Niles is honored that we have been recognized for our efforts of making our home a nice place to stay or live. The reason for our wonderful home is the loving and caring staff that works so hard to make our families guest and friends feel reassured their love ones are being taken care. Again Thank You Everyone, Chad Culver Administrator

West Woods of Niles Nursing Center 1211 State Line Road Niles, MI 49120 269.684.2810