CANTON — The excitement for the 35th edition of Riverfest is building. An electronic sign pointing the way was already in place Wednesday along Cumming Highway.
The 2019 Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday and Sunday bringing family fun with kids activities, local crafts vendors of all kinds and great food.
The popular Riverfest event, presented by the Service League of Cherokee County, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Etowah River Park at the end of Brown Industrial Way along the banks of the Etowah River.
Riverfest is a juried show, featuring original, creative, handmade work from artisans all over the region. Additionally, the event showcases extraordinary entertainment throughout the weekend — live music and dancing — as well as a fun-filled children’s area where children of all ages can participate in a number of rides and activities.
Riverfest is a major fundraiser for the Canton Lions Club, which offers kids and kids of all ages rides on a miniature train, a highlight for many festival goers each year.
Some of the good works supported by the Canton Lions Club are: Sight testing and eyeglass screening at pre-K facilities; Give A Kid A Chance at Canton First Baptist Church; Vision assistance for eyeglasses and exams; Eyeglass collection; International Peace Poster contest yearly with monetary scholarship awards; and much more. The club meets first and third Thursday of each month at noon at Downtown Kitchen in Canton. Club President Hal Johns invites anyone with questions about the Lions Club to give him a call at 404-550-0784.
Riverfest features more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, concessionaires, and entertainers. There are many returning favorites, as well as several new and exciting exhibitors and features, organizers said. Select recipes from The League’s latest cookbook, Gatherings & Traditions, will be offered to festival patrons for tasting, and cookbooks will be available for purchase.
The Service League of Cherokee County is one of the oldest service organizations in Cherokee County, with a membership of 100 women who work year-round, collectively volunteering more than 10,000 hours per year to raise money for needy children throughout Cherokee County. Money raised during Riverfest, and other events sponsored by the League, provide needy families with day-to-day necessities such as food, clothing, dental care, eyeglasses, medical care, rent and utilities assistance, scholarships and much more. To learn more about the work and legacy of the Service League, visit www.serviceleague.net.
Admission to Riverfest for adults and children 11 and older is a $5 donation. The event will take place rain or shine. Free parking and shuttle services are available.