28th annual event is FOR’s biggest fundraiser of the year

Riverfest attendees enjoy all-you-can-eat Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, bbq, fried catfish, an open bar, wine and bourbon tastings, live and silent auctions, and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets sell out early and are sold only in advance. – Photos by Michele Biggs Phillips

Riverfest is returning to the McDaniel property near City Dock, on the river in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, where it started 28 years ago. There will be the same all-you-can-eat crabs, bbq, beer and mixed beverages, live auction, raffle, and boat rides on the Rappahannock.

Sponsoring Riverfest or buying tickets helps Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) continue building an organization capable of representing the interests of the river at the local, state and federal levels. It enables us to engage the public in planting trees, restoring oyster reefs, and creating living shorelines. It supports our education program, which now reaches over 7,000 students a year. When you party with us at Riverfest, you are protecting the health and scenic beauty of the river that runs through our community.

Two local bands, Colonial Seafood and Naked Lunch, are part of the entertainment lineup.

John Wack and Rich McDaniel, who thankfully will be fully-clothed, are frying catfish again, and River Steward Richard Moncure will be happy to take you for a ride on the FOR boat. Come join us for the best party of the year.

FOR’s 28th Annual Riverfest will be held Saturday, Sept. 15. Last year we sold out completely. Don’t miss out. Early bird tickets are $100 until Aug. 31, then increase to $125. For information about sponsorship opportunities, go to www.riverfriends.org/events or call Nick at 540-850-2196.

By Nick Cadwallender, FOR Development Coordinator