Riverfest enjoys perfect weather

By Lynn R. Parks

It couldn't have gone any better. Such was the report on the 15th annual Riverfest that chairwoman Trisha Newcomer gave to the Seaford City Council Tuesday night. "It went wonderfully," she said. "We couldn't have asked for any nicer weather." The downtown Seaford festival was held last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Between 10,000 and 12,000 people attended, Newcomer said. About 400 people participated in the festival's signature event, the Nanticoke River Float-In. By inner tube, kayak or inflatable raft, they made their way downriver from Benz Urology near U.S. 13 to the city's canoe launch on North Street. "That was a very good turnout," Newcomer said, especially considering the fact that the Float-In started at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Starting time is determined by the tides. New this year was an antique tractor show, set up on High Street near the Seaford Museum. While the number of tractors in the show was small, Newcomer said, enthusiasm was high. "Next year, we hope to have even more tractors," she said. Also new was the Community Awareness Fair, featuring booths set up by community service organizations.

It too was a popular event, Newcomer said. The festival started Thursday evening with opening ceremonies and a gospel concert in Gateway Park. "People really enjoyed that," Newcomer said. "It is a low-key night, and people can just bring their chairs to Gateway Park, sit back and relax." Concerts Friday and Saturday night – Anything Goes on Friday night and Mike Hines and the Look on Saturday – were well attended, Newcomer said. Newcomer said that there is no doubt that the city will continue to host Riverfest. "It is great for the city and great for downtown," she said. "It brings people into downtown and familiarizes them with what's there, so that when they need something they can come back." But there will be a change next year. Amy Walls, a former city employee who now works for Discover Bank, is retiring from her long-time position as festival co-chairwoman. Amanda Lloyd, who works for Pizza King, has volunteered to take her place.

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