New Richmond’s 22nd annual RiverDays summer festival was a resounding success.
“We were once again thrilled with our annual end of summer RiverDays festival,” said New Richmond mayor Ramona Carr. “Everyone had a wonderful time – the hard work by the event organizers paid off in a big way.”
Though very difficult to obtain an official count, organizers have estimated that more than 10,000 people came to the river town to enjoy this year’s three-day festival that was held along historic Front Street and the shoreline of the Ohio River Aug. 16-18.
According to RiverDays planning committee member Donna Hammons, the festival offered something for everyone.
“Everything was smooth sailing,” she said. “The vendors were happy and some even put a deposit down for next year. The fireworks were spectacular, as was the music. And of course, the cardboard boat races were a great success and very well-attended.”
Indeed, thousands of people attended the 16th annual Cardboard Boat Race Regatta.
Emerging from the water victorious was single-crew category winner Sam Richmond, in his boat called the Elemononator, multi-crew category winners were Greg Folz and Matt Beckmeyer, in their boat called Corrugated Chaos, and the youth winner was Tre Jetter, in his boat called the Gator.
The Titanic award for the most spectacular sinking (and there were a few) went to Megan and Ben McDonough, in their boat called the BMF Raivo.
The winner of the raffle at the poker table was Rene Fields.
In addition to the cardboard boat race regatta, other activities enjoyed by the annual festival participants were live music, with a battle of the bands (Boo Radley took the top prize of $1,000), at the grandstand, a corn hole tournament, food, drinks, beer booths, zoo animals, rides, arts and crafts, and a stunning fireworks display.
During the festival, New Richmond mayor Ramona Carr announced that the New Richmond Garden Club had been selected to receive the village's annual Citizen of the Year award.
The all-volunteer Garden Club, which has more than 20 members and has been in existence for about 12 years, will receive an engraved plaque and a village bench.
Linda Macke is the New Richmond Garden Club president.
"We are thrilled with the recognition," a very happy Macke said. "We are committed to beautifying the village, so it is very nice to be singled out for those ongoing efforts."
RiverDays committee member Ray Perszyk said that the weather was beautiful and everything was perfect.
"Our annual RiverDays festival really has something for everyone," he said. "The unique opportunities that the Ohio River provides always makes for a thrilling and fun-filled weekend. It was once again, a great success."
Organizers thanked the RiverHills Bank and the E.C. Nurre Funeral Home for sponsoring the fireworks display.