Riverfest: arts and crafts, all by the riverside

This weekend was the 35th annual Riverfest in Etowah River Park where small businesses from all over the county promoted their handmade arts and crafts.

There was over 200 vendors, concessions and entertainers at the event, so there was sure to be something for everyone. Not only was there places to shop and eat in the park, but also a whole play area for kids with games, crafts and bouncy houses everywhere, making the place look like a childish wonderland.

The Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival is the historic cornerstone of the Service League’s fundraising efforts. Now in its 35th year, the festival has earned a notable reputation for its family-oriented approach and warm relationship with its vendors. Riverfest is a juried show, featuring original, creative, handmade work from artisans all over the region.

Service League of Cherokee County

Fresman, Madison Bowden, attended the event on Saturday. Her mother attended the kids area counting tickets and managing paperwork. She served as the Vice Chair of the Children’s Area.

“I kept track of ticket sales ad what attractions were the most popular: Hamster balls, bungee jump, obstacle course, and dunk tank. Balloon pets were very popular as well. Your own Ms. Spell was in the dunk tank.”

Michelle Bowden, mother to Madison Bowden

“We went to Riverfest for about two hours,” said Bowden. I came for the fudge. I had to make sure I got some! The vendor is Ginny’s Fudge and Nuts. I got banana, but the pumpkin spice was really good also. I go to Riverfest every year. It was really hot! My nine-year-old brother loves putt putt. We both dunked Ms. Spell!”

Check out our guest-contributed photos of Riverfest below.

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