Families can again enjoy festival food, live music and shopping from local artisans at the Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend in Canton.

The annual festival, which is in its 37th year, is the largest fundraiser for the Service League of Cherokee County, which helps local families in need with rent and utility assistance, health care, food, clothing and other needs.

Riverfest is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Parkway. in Canton.

This year’s arts and crafts lineup includes over 100 vendors, several of which have returned throughout the festival’s history.

Musical performances include The Paces Mountain Band, Southern Phoenix, Levi Ransom, Ash Taylor and Cherokee High School’s own Measure 16 acapella group. There will also be performances from local dance groups, including Power Taps Cloggers and Woodstock Dance and Music Academy. The entertainment lineup also features aerial artists and tae kwon do demonstrations.

Festivalgoers can purchase barbecue, tacos, corn dogs, burgers and more. Those with a sweet tooth can find homemade ice cream, cotton candy and other snacks.

Children can bounce on a bungee jump, or visit animals at the Little Red Barn. There will also be a train, face painting, balloon animals and other attractions for kids.

The league’s cookbook, “Gatherings & Traditions,” will be available at Riverfest and can be purchased after the festival from Service League members and businesses throughout Cherokee County.

The fundraiser is especially important for the Service League after last year, when Riverfest and the league’s annual Run for the Children were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Service League supports nonprofit organizations including the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Cherokee County, Cherokee County Special Olympics, Cherokee County YMCA, Cherokee Family Violence Center, Give a Kid a Chance, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, MUST Ministries, Next Step Ministries, North Georgia Angel House and Encompass Ministries.

COVID-19 safety measures include offering sanitizing stations at the festival. Those who take shuttle buses will be required to wear a mask on the bus.

For more information, visit serviceleague.net.


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