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Ruthanne McCaig (left) and Laura Leigh Peters at the art display during Riverfest last June

Riverfest is here

By Michael Butler

Riverfest returns this weekend in Tallassee. And, the weekend is chock-full of activities.

Events are happening Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8.

Community Development Corporation president Brad Davis spoke about the action-packed weekend.

"There's a lot that goes into it that people don't know about," Davis said of planning such a large event. "Melissa Hill is the events coordinator. This is her third year of doing it."

The quilt show returns and will be on display both days at Studio B Dance Center from 3-6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday. Dixie Art Colony will have an exhibition at Trustmark Bank and Restoration 49 on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Restoration 49 will house a coffee shop and fitness center on King Street in the coming months.

"You'll have an opportunity to go in and take a look at it," said Davis. "Incorporating businesses, especially in the downtown area, is what we're trying to do."

Military Vehicle Exhibit at Riverfest '18

Bell Park will be the setting for "Live on the Green" featuring Old Rowe Place Acoustic Band and a new event this year, the Riverfest Cornhole Tournament.

"That's a big following," Davis said of the sport cornhole. "I think that's something that people can enjoy."

The military vehicle display and "Touch a Truck" will be at City Hall from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m on Saturday. From 10-2, the Dovard Taunton Art Display at the Trophy Room and Tallassee Armory Museum tours will be open to the public. Community Library is presenting Super Heroes Saturday from 11-2. "Build a Sundae" is new this year at Louie's Sno-Kones from 1-3.

Riverfest culminates with a concert on Saturday night at 7 in the Mount Vernon Theatre featuring Todd and the Tone Deaf Hobos, the K-Otics and the Sweet Young 'Uns.

"Ticket sales are going good," Brooke Rigsby of the Mount Vernon Theatre operations board added. "A lot of people are coming in from the lake area and Montgomery. It's going to bring a lot of people in.

"We're hosting a Dixie Youth Baseball tournament that same weekend. The schedule is going to work out so some of the people can be a part of some of these events. I think this might be the biggest Riverfest we've had. I'm excited."

Friday, June 7 Schedule

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Tallassee Falls Museum open
3 -6 p.m. - Quilt Show at Studio B Dance Center
6 -8 p.m. - Art exhibits at Trustmark Bank Annex and Restoration 49. Art by: Dr. Ron McDowell, Dixie Art Colony, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Arthur Stewart, Bullock County Art Guild, Elmore County Art Guild, local artists, children's art
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Mount Vernon Theatre slide show and video, "A History of Tallassee through the Eyes of an Artist"
7 - 10:00 -  Live on the Green at Bell Park with music by Old Rowe Acoustic Band (no charge), Riverfest Cornhole Tournament, ribs and camp stew sales *while they last                                             

Saturday, June 8 Schedule

8 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Dixie Division Military Vehicle Exhibit at City Hall with over two dozen vehicles
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Tallassee Falls Museum open
9 - 11 a.m.. - Touch a Truck at City Hall
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Quilt Show at Studio B Dance Center
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Art exhibits at Trustmark Bank Annex and Restoration 49. Children's art lesson by Dr. Ron McDowell
10 - 11:00 a.m. - Mount Vernon Theatre slide show and video, "A History of Tallassee through the Eyes of an Artist"
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Dovard Taunton Art Display at the Trophy Room
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Tallassee Armory Museum tours (departs from Tallassee Falls Museum)
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Superheroes Saturday at Community Library. Face painting, ballon art and magic show.
11:30 a.m. - Children's Art Awards Presentation at Restoration 49
1 - 3:00 p.m. - Build A Sundae for $1 (ages 14 and under) at Louie's Sno-Kones
6:30 - 10 p.m. - Concert at Mount Vernon Theatre (tickets at mtvernontheatre.net and WACQ) feautring the Sweet Young 'Uns, the K-Otics and Todd and the Tone Deaf Hobos. Food trucks at the Mount Vernon Theatre with the Wharf Casual Seafood and wings from 1220 Cafe

Locations:
Trustmark Bank - 304 Barnett Bouelevard
Restoration 49 (Patterson Building) 101 North Ann Avenue behind Trustmark Bank
Trophy Room - 103 South Ann Aveenue
City Hall 3 3 Freeman Avenue
Mount Vernon Theatre - 313 Barnett Boulevard
Tallassee Falls Museum - 201 Barnett Boulevard
Tallassee Community Library - 99 Freeman Avenue
Studio B Dance Center - 12 South Ann Avenue
Bell Park - 4 Gilmer Avenue
Louie's Sno-Kones - 107 South Ann Avenue