Clarksville, TN – Join the City of Clarksville, Budweiser, and Agero along the banks of the Cumberland River as they celebrate Clarksville’s river heritage at the 25th annual Riverfest Celebration, September 7th and 8th, 2012. This FREE, two day music and arts festival features four stages of a variety of local, regional and nationally-known entertainers, delicious food, and fun for the entire family.
The music kicks off Friday night at 5:00pm with a great lineup of Christian performers on the Mary’s the Music Store Stage to include MIKESCHAIR who will perform at 9:00pm. Eliminator and Little Queen will take to the Bud Light Stage on Friday night, followed by the ultimate Journey tribute band, Chain Reaction.
The entertainment continues when gates open at 10:00am on Saturday. The Budweiser stage will feature Rebecca Forehand, Awaken, Andy Miller Band, and Jackson Alley. On the Gateway Realty stage, watch as local dance academies strut their stuff followed by a step competition and the Gateway to Stardom talent showcase.
Saturday evening, the Bud Light stage will light up the Riverwalk with the Beaver Country Star Competition, The Springs, and country music artist, Kip Moore.
While this year’s entertainment lineup is filled with great performers, Riverfest has tons of other exciting activities too. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Adventure Zone and the Clarksville Family Magazine Toddler Town will once again take place in the North Extension of the Riverwalk allowing for a larger area. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Adventure Zone will feature the RiverView Mounds Century Farms petting zoo, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, train and pony rides and much more.
While some of the features are free, armbands are required for most and others require tickets. Armbands cost $10.00 and are good for both days. Please keep armbands when returning for second day. Tickets can be purchased for $1.00 per ticket. Clarksville Family Magazine Toddler Town is a free covered area for children ages five and under. This area features smaller inflatables, pre-school activities, private diaper changing station, stroller parking and plenty of seating for parents.
While enjoying Riverfest, be sure to stop at the River of Culture Stage for a captivating showcase of dances and traditions from various cultures from all around the world. Hula dancing, ballet and martial arts are just some of the things you will find on the River of Culture stage.
Don’t miss the deadline for the Riverfest Art Exhibits and Competitions. Again, this year we will have three exhibits: Amateur & Professional Divisions, High School Division, and the Senior Citizens’ Division. These are featured at various locations in downtown Clarksville including: the Smith-Trahern Mansion on McClure Street, the Customs House Museum on Second Street, and the Downtown Artists Co-Op on Franklin Street. The exhibits are judged and over $2,500 in prizes are awarded. Visit www.clarksvilleriverfest.com for details on how to enter.
Join us as we kick off Riverfest Regatta’s, 6th year, sponsored by U.S. Bank, Saturday morning at 10:00am at the courtesy boat dock. Watch as groups attempt to paddle their cardboard boats to the finish line on the Cumberland River. Awards are given out in several different categories. If you and your group would like to be a part of the Riverfest Regatta, go to recpro.cityofclarksville.com to register online. The deadline to enter is September 5th, 2012.
The Lighted Boat Parade, sponsored by the Montgomery County Conservation Club, is another event you can catch this year at Riverfest. Boats decorated with hundreds of lights and other decorations begin their parade route at the marina basin. Jurors at the McGregor Park courtesy boat dock judge the boats in several categories while spectators watch the boats pass by the RiverWalk.
If that’s not enough competition for you, sign up to compete in our third annual O’Charley’s Cornhole Tournament for a chance to win cash! Teams of two may enter. Pre-registration is available online at recpro.cityofclarksville.com. First 30 teams to sign up are eligible to participate.
You will not want to miss this year’s Riverfest Celebration! Admission to the two day festival is free- thanks to our partners Bud Light, Agero, US Bank, The Leaf-Chronicle, Gateway Realty, Media Works, Mary’s the Music Store, Clarksville Family Magazine, Daymar Institute, Cumberland Bank & Trust, The Coup, CDE Lightband, Lamar Advertising, 88.3 WAY-FM, Lite 98.7, Legends Bank, Clarksvilleonline.com, Discover Clarksville.com, Tennessee Arts Commission, Bi-County Waste Management, Charter Communications, Coca-Cola, Custom’s House Museum, Austin Peay State University, RiverView Mounds Century Farms,Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, Montgomery County Conservation Club, Downtown Artist Co-Op, Shipp Implement Co., and Beverly Parker Photography.
For a complete list of Riverfest activities and other information please visit www.clarksvilleriverfest.com.