LEWISTOWN - Area residents are invited to take part in the Seventh Annual Juniata Valley RiverFest, to be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Victory Park in Lewistown.
RiverFest is an all-day Independence Day celebration featuring a raft regatta, community float, 5k River Rampage Run, and Rockin' by the River Entertainment with the RiverFest Idol singing competition from 3-5 p.m. Other highlights include multiple food and merchandise vendors, family activities and an evening fireworks display.
The annual River Rampage 5k run begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. Refreshments for all participants will be available after the race, and 2012 River Rampage 5k T-shirts are guaranteed for all pre-registered participants. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation plaza parking lot.
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Participants in the raft regatta paddle down the Juniata River during RiverFest 2011. This year’s festival will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Victory Park in Lewistown.
Participants are encouraged to show spirit by wearing red, white and blue or some other patriotic attire. The fee for race-day registration is $15. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female runners, and first, second and third place awards will be given in each race division. There also will be an award presented for best patriotic costume. Additional information about the race is available by contacting race organizer John Walters at 250-4884 or email@example.com.
For the Juniata RiverFest Raft Regatta, each team must construct and take part in the race with a river-worthy vessel that they can paddle, push or float over the finish line. The Regatta is set to begin at 10 a.m. at the Waterside Campground & RV Park, formerly known as Locust Campground, Juniata River Access. After a 4.7 mile float, the finish line will be at the Juniata River Access by Victory Park. Awards will be given for various raft categories. Raft applications will be accepted until the day of the event, however any teams making a "last-minute" entry are asked to give notice to the Visitors Bureau beforehand.
For more information about the event, contact Jill Haubrick at 248-6713, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is made possible through the efforts of the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, Historic Courthouse, One West Market Street, Lewistown, PA 17044.