RIVERFEST WEEKEND: Activities start Thursday evening with Gospel entertainment and continue with favorite entertainers, float-in, food and fun

Organizers of the 15th Annual Nanticoke Riverfest have put together a weekend of great music, food and fun. One of the highlights, of course is the float-in. Sponsored by Benz Urology and Service Tire Truck Center, this year's float-in will begin at 9:30 a.m.Ê The launch site is at Benz Urology on Riverside Drive adjacent to southbound Route 13 across from Seaford Ice Plant.Ê Registration will begin on site at 8:30 a.m.Ê Shuttle service will be available from Water Street to the launch site starting at 8 a.m.ÊThere is no return-shuttle service for cars left at the launch site. Floaters are encouraged to park downtown and take advantage of the pre-float shuttle service. All floaters under age of 16 must wear a life jacket.

Following is a sampling of activities at Riverfest:

Seaford Ministerial Association Presents Gospel in Gateway Park
Thurs., July 9, 6:30 p.m. The Seaford Ministerial Association will be presenting an evening of gospel entertainment in Gateway Park on Thursday. The event will follow the opening ceremony with a patriotic opener by ten year old Griffin Dunn. Following his performance, the Delaware Teen Challenge Choir, Amanda Jones and the Willie Blake Davis Band will perform.

Mike Hines and the Look return to headline Saturday Night
Sat., July 11, 9 p.m. Sponsored by Pizza King and Subway Mike Hines is often remembered and loved for his distinctive tenor/baritone voice and his Delaware roots. His smooth yet forceful vocal stylings ignite a fire in the soul of the listener.

Barren Creek Band
Sat., July 11, 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Delaware Lottery Barren Creek Band is four guys from the Delmarva Peninsula of Maryland, making their fourth performance at the Nanticoke Riverfest.

107.1 "The Duck" brings Elvis to life
Sat., July 11, 7:45 p.m. Sponsored by 107.1 "The Duck" and Discover Bank Michael O'Connor is considered by many to be one of the best Elvis tribute artists in the country. He has also opened for Chubby Checker, the Lettermen and for a Beatles tribute act at New York's Paramount Theater. A Face for Radio Fri., July 10, 8:00 p.m. The Community Players of Salisbury presents A Face for Radio!Ê Visit their facebook page for more information - www.facebook.com/pages/A-Face-For-Radio/49104242513.

Anything Goes Fri., July 10, 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sponsored by 101.7 and 95.3 the B Anything Goes returns to the Riverfest main stage as Friday's headliner for 2009. This 4 piece rock/pop/funk group will play everything from classic rock and old school funk to Pink and Carrie Underwood. Their music has most recently been featured in radio and television commercials for the Delmarva Shorebirds as well.

93.5 The Beach presents an Air Band Contest Sat., July 11, 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by 93.5 The Beach and Hastings Marine No musical talent is necessary to compete in the first Nanticoke Riverfest Air Band Competition! 93.5 The Beach invites you to participate in a test of your air band skills.

Cat Country's 'Delmarva Star'
returns to the Nanticoke Riverfest Sat., July 11, 2 p.m. Sponsored by 97.5 and 105.9 Cat Country and Barton's Grand Rental Station 97.5 & 105.9 Cat Country's 4th annual "Delmarva Star" competition is once again on the hunt for the best talent Delmarva has to offer! For rules, information and to sign-up, visit www.catcountryradio.com.

Looking for a Few Good Riverfest Survivor Castmates!
Friday, July 10, 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Seaford Subway and Hungry Howie's Pizza If you missed it last year, Seaford Subway and Hungry Howie's Pizza invite you participate in this year's Nanticoke Survivor Challenge on Friday, July 10 at 5:30 p.m. Teams of five will participate in a series of challenges designed for maximum fun, without the starvation and deadly jungle animals. The seven Nanticoke Survivor events will be unveiled to the participants the night of the event, and will test each team's ability to work together, their balance and endurance, and showcase just how "close" each team really is. Several teams will take the course at one time to bring out the best of their competitive nature, but teams will be ranked based on overall time. Teams interested are asked to log onto the website at www.nanticokeriverfest.com and complete the registration form and sign the waiver. The cost to participate in this year's event is still $30 per team and all participants must be at least 16 years of age. Teams are encouraged to participate from local businesses, fire departments, ladies auxiliary, civic groups, church groups or just a group of friends who want to have some fun! For more information, call Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173 or visit www.nanticokeriverfest.com.

Hidden Idol Challenge
As a part of the 2009 "Rockin' on the River" Nanticoke Riverfest event we have reissued the hidden idol challenge for our patrons. This year we will hide the idol somewhere in the area of Riverfest and below we have listed lyrics from three rock songs. The clue is in the Title of that song. To find the idol match the song with the Title and figure out the clues to help you with finding the idol. Once the idol has been found return it to City Hall and receive a $100 Cash prize. The idol is already hidden so you do not have to wait until the day of the event, the earlier you start looking the greater chance you will have of being the one to receive the prize. Good Luck and Happy Hunting! Clues 1. Don't be afraid to try the greatest sport around. Everybody tries it once. Those who don't just have to put it down. 2. Anything I wish for I only had to ask her (yep). I think she found out it was the money I was after. 3. Baby, baby, I need you. I'll lay it on you with a straight shot. Baby, baby, I love you.

Little Miss and Junior Miss Riverfest Pageant
Saturday, July 11 6 p.m. Sponsored by Seaford Florist, Meg Gem, Vincent Fire Equipment, the City of Seaford and Heritage Jewelers The Little Miss and Junior Miss Riverfest Pageant will take place this year on Friday, July 10, at 6 p.m. The Pageant will be held on the main stage in the Mt. Olivet Church parking lot. It will include 25 contestants divided into two categories: Little Miss (ages 3-6) and Junior Miss (ages 7-10). Parents, Grandparents, Family & Friends are encouraged to come and cheer on the Little or Junior Miss in their lives. Last year's title holders: Mikayla Beth Dayton, Little Miss Riverfest 2008 and Mackenzie Steele, Junior Miss Riverfest 2008 will return this year for their final performances as title holders and to crown this year's Little & Junior Miss Riverfest 2009. Our panel of judges are no stranger's to the stage. This year's judges will be Miss Delaware Teen USA 2009, Kelsey Miller, Mrs. Delaware 2009, Caica Batts, and Miss Sussex County, Chelsea Betts. All three will be available for autographs following the Pageant. In addition to our panel of royalty, the Pageant will also feature entertainment, highlighting local talent from around the area.

Street Closings
There are several street closures to be aware of during Riverfest weekend. Expect detours around High Street in downtown Seaford on Thursday, July 9 starting at 3 p.m. through the weekend. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, only vendors will be allowed on the street. Parked cars will be asked to leave High Street and the Mount Olivet Parking lot at noon on Friday.Ê High Street will remain closed until approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. The following streets will be closed: Thursday Evening Market Street Hill from High Street to the north side of the Seaford-Blades Bridge. High Street will be closed from Front to Arch Streets from 3-9:30 p.m.

Friday Evening
High Street from Arcadia Street to Market Street; Market Street (commonly known as Market Street Hill) from High Street to the north side of the Seaford-Blades Bridge starting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and closed the entire Riverfest until 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.Ê Saturday The Seaford-Blades Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic at 6 a.m. and remain closed until 11:30 p.m., but the Blades Causeway will remain open on the Blades side.

Market Street from E. King Street to the Seaford-Blades Bridge will be closed as well as Front Street from High Street to the Seaford-Blades Bridge. King Street will be one way west from Front Street to Cedar Avenue and E. Poplar St. will be one-way east from Cedar Ave. to Front Street. Detour signs will be posted. No parking will be allowed on King Street to allow a route for emergency vehicles. Water Street and S. North Street will also be closed on Saturday.Ê The Seaford-Blades Bridge will be manned to facilitate boat traffic and other activities planned on the river. Handicapped parking Handicapped parking will be available off Cannon Street in the Regional Builders lot.

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