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Spirit of River Fest not dampened by rain

October 1, 2012
Morning Journal News

NEW CUMBERLAND - Sunday afternoon rain drops weren't powerful enough to dampen the spirits of those who enjoyed the fourth annual Fall River Fest.

George Hines III, city community service director, said a minimum of 1200 people enjoyed the festivities on Saturday which was warm and sunny, and that while he expected a lower turnout for Sunday, the event was still a huge success.

"It's been a huge success," he said. "People have come from all over."

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Garrett Geer, 10, from Chester, swings near the river during the Fall River Fest. (Photo by Matthew White)

Hines said he believed the most popular events were the Joseph Sisters, a country soul group, and the fireworks show. He said the fireworks were put off from the Ohio bank and exploded over the river.

"Everyone realizes when it rains you're going to take a hit," he said, noting that the festival had an estimated 41 food and craft vendors, the most in its history.

Brian Forsythe, who ran a stand selling cabbage and noodles, said that while foot traffic was a little slow on Sunday afternoon, Saturday had been a great day, and that he thought the stand was doing well.

"The cold weather has brought out some warm appetites," he said.

Mary Fiedorczyk, who ran a stand selling pajama bottoms, said she has noticed fewer people on Sunday. She said she enjoyed the flow of people on Saturday, many of whom stopped to talk with her, and that she was enjoying the view of the river Sunday. She was especially interested in watching the barge traffic on the river.

Debbie Mercer said she wasn't bothered by the rain, and that she came to River Fest to get a sandwich and some peanut butter fudge.

Julia Glass, also in high spirits, said, "I like to go to festivals and things in the fall. It's a lot of fun to watch people."

The two-day festival featured a catfish tournament, art show, five-kilometer run, musical entertainment and fireworks, in addition to many vendors and displays by community groups.



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