WEB ONLY: First annual Riverfest draws crowd of 800

The old school house was rocking to a Celtic beat as the Elora Centre for the Arts hosted the first annual Riverfest on Saturday, Aug 29.

The fundraising event featured music by internationally renowned guitarist Tony McManus of Elora and East Coast Celtic Rockers Rawlins Cross.

More than 800 people filled the grounds of the ECFTA for a pre-show barbecue of ribs and corns.

“Not bad for a first time event,” says Riverfest Coordinator Marilyn Koop adding the event couldn’t have been a success without the tireless efforts of more than 80 volunteers who helped with the barbecue, admission gate, technical set up and take down. 

The grounds were filled with lawn chairs, but people were quickly up out of their seats dancing the night away to reels and rock. Crowds of all ages enjoyed a night under the stars listening to music and sharing community spirit. More than 450 cobs of corn, 255 ice cream cones, 500 ribs and other treats were enjoyed throughout the evening.

Riverfest is very grateful to the 27 sponsors who also helped make this event happen. The community gave financial and in-kind support which helped make Riverfest one of the most successful festivals in Centre Wellington this year. 

Proceeds from this fundraising event will be put back into the Elora Centre for the Arts to help run the many classes, workshops and children’s educational programs.

Check out the Elora Centre for the Arts website for additional events happening at www.eloracentreforthearts.ca and watch for Riverfest to return in 2010, as planning is already well underway.