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Riverfest 2013



schedule August 1st 7 p.m. High Life Rock Band 8 p.m. YMCA Mr. & Mrs. Riverfest Contest and Opening Ceremony 9 p.m. High Life Rock Band August 2nd 3 p.m. Open mic 5 p.m. Lake Effect Jazz Band 6 p.m. Harpeth Rising-Americana Band 8 p.m. Awakening of Dragon Boats Ceremony 8 p.m. Van Dyke Revue Rock & Dance Band 10 p.m. Hey Annie August 3rd 9 a.m. Dragon Boat Race 10 a.m. Al Mott Noon Foggy Knights Rock ‘n Roll Reunion Show Noon Riverfest Bike Show 2 p.m. Anything That Floats Raft Race

August 3rd (con’t.) 3 p.m. Harpeth Rising 4:30 p.m. Balos Family Bluegrass Band 6 p.m. Harpeth Rising-Americana Band 6 p.m. Sucker Punch at Bike Show 7 p.m. Dragon Boat & Raft Race Awards 7:30 p.m. Cajun Party with Creole Stomp

August 4th 9 a.m. Riverfest Car Show 10 a.m. Church of Niles Noon Keith Scott Blues Trio 2 p.m. Harpeth Rising-Americana Band 3 p.m. Lukas Simpson of Goldmine Pickers 4 p.m. Harpeth Rising-Americana Band 5 p.m. Lukas Simpson of Goldmine Pickers 6 p.m. Brian Eddington, folk rock 7 p.m. The Whistle Pigs

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Vendors provide arts, antiques and plenty to eat.

Mr. and Mrs.

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Raft race

One of the oldest and most popular events at Niles Riverfest is the “Anything that Floats” Raft Race. This one-of-a-kind water parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. A decorating party for all rafters will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the boat launch behind the old Niles Police Station. It will continue on Saturday morning the during raft race registration, which begins at 10 a.m. The theme for Riverfest 2013 raft race is “Cartoons.” Two free T-shirts are included with each entry. Raft rentals are available for $75. An adult must accompany all participants under 16 years old. Participating groups decorate their rafts according to the current theme, then are put in the wa-

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ter and proceed down the St. Joseph River in a “floating parade.” All rafts will receive an award at the awards presentation later in the afternoon, and we request that each team have a representative present at the awards ceremony. A panel of judges will choose the winners of 10 special awards, including: Most Colorful Raft, Best Use of a Theme, Most Creative Raft, Best of Show, Raft Only A Mother Could Love, Best Built Raft, Rowdiest Raft, Prettiest Raft and Slowest Raft. The awards will be presented at the Riverfront Park Amphitheater Saturday at 7 p.m. Call Deb Wozniak at (269) 414-9958.

Past winners of the Mr. and Mrs. Riverfest include Bill and Marie Weimer.

The Mr. and Mrs. Riverfest contest is returning to this year’s Niles Riverfest. The competition runs from 8 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1 and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Competitors must enter as a couple, although competitors don’t have to be in a romantic relationship. The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is offering a free three-month membership to the winning couple. Applications can be picked up and turned in at the Niles-Buchanan YMCA. For more information, contact Lacey Peters at the YMCA at (269) 683-1552 or

Get a bite Two nationally known antique fishing lure collectors from Niles will display old fishing tackle at this year’s Niles Riverfeest 2013. This is the 22nd year for the displays. Both exhibitors are considered experts in their respective fields of tackle collecting. They are Ric Ladonski (rods and reels) and Doug Bucha (lures). Both are members of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club and Old Reel Collectors Associ-

ation. Many items on display will be from famous local fishing tackle manufacturers such as Heddon Tackle Company (Dowagiac), South Bend Bait and Tackle Company (South Bend), Paw Paw Tackle Company (Paw Paw), Creek Chub Bait Company (Garrett) and the Shakespeare Tackle Company (Kalamazoo). Visit the displays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Riverfront Park.