Riverfest logo 2011 from www.wilmingtonriverfest.com
The first Riverfest was October 1979. A group of Wilmingtonian’s who were interested in the arts and wanted to resurrect the feeling of community in Downtown Wilmington brainstormed on how to bring back the alive nature of the downtown riverfront. The area had become in disrepair and not family friendly. The beautiful old buildings and the setting on the Cape Fear River deserved something better than the current conditions in the 1970’s. The group of 40 volunteers put together the first Riverfest with a budget of $5,500 (all donations). This would be a free festival and would include trolley rides, 4 concessions and fireworks. It was a huge success, thereby starting the tradition of holding the Riverfest every year since then on the first week of October. This years festivities have grown even larger than past celebrations.
According to the Riverfest 2011 Reflections website ”
Over thirty years later Riverfest consists of: Twenty plus committees, over 300 volunteers, a budget of $90,000, over 200 craft vendors, 35 concessions booths, entertainment on various stages, Saturday night fireworks, Run the River 8K, the Great Wine Waiter’s Race, A Children’s Area, and more than 6 sporting events with contests for all ages. The end result is a half mile of free family entertainment, dependant on sponsorships and donations from community businesses and organizations. The economic impact on Riverfest on the surrounding community has been estimated at over three million dollars with attendance in excess of 100,000 per year.
As delightful as the festival outcome is, the end result is awarding of scholarships for marine related studies at Cape Fear Community College. The ultimate goal of Riverfest is to increase the amount of scholarship funds each year to Cape Fear Community College.”
It is wonderful to see such a great event in the fall in Wilmington NC. The arts, cultural scene, music scene and the picturesque background of the city, is something not all cities can boast about. Please join us in celebrating this years Riverfest ~ Reflections on the River October 7th – 9th. For all the highlights and schedules please visit www.wilmingtonriverfest.com
If you see any historic homes or any neighborhoods that catch your interest, give us a call and we can show you the homes available in the area. Feel free to visit http://www.cbbaker.com or text 14059 to 44133 to view listings on your phone. Above all, welcome to our town and may you feel the Southern Hospitality all weekend. Enjoy.