Yonkers festival now old enough to drink
September 16, 2013 by James
Yonkers celebrated the 21st annual Riverfest the second weekend in September. The yearly festival brought in crowds from all over the area, giving people a chance to enjoy a final weekend of summery weather.
Riverfest was first held 21 years ago, and was put together then by the current president of the Yonkers City Council, Chuck Lesnick, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and then-mayor Terrence Zaleski. The goal of the festival originally was to bring attention to the waterfront area, which was not getting much use at the time. More than two decades later, the area has grown considerably.
During this year’s festival, several streets in the city were blocked off. There were hundreds of food vendors from around the area, plus three stages for live music and an area for a special trampoline show. There were also zones for face painting and displays of artwork.
Performers at Riverfest included The Dirty Socks Club, a kids’ band popular on Nickelodeon. Also present were Jermaine Paul, the winner of the competition show ‘The Voice’, and Kiss! Alive, a tribute band. Gridline, a local band from Purchase, also entertained the crowd.
One of the big attractions at this year’s festival was the competitive trampoline team. The team performed stunts on trampoline to the delight of the crowd. Its appearance at Riverfest was its final stop in the U.S. before heading to China for a competition.
With the festival remaining popular, no doubt plans are in place for next year’s event, and that may include seeking out flyer and poster printing services.