Each year Clarksvillians are treated to Riverfest, the arts and recreation celebration that sprawls along the banks of the Cumberland River. It is now in its 29th year and recently attracted 25,000 people, according to Event Planning Supervisor Robert Rayburn of Clarksville Parks + Recreation Department, which organizes the event.
“Riverfest was truly fun and very successful this year,” Rayburn said. “Our goal is to bring out the Clarksville community and showcase what our city has to offer with businesses, organizations, arts and cultural.”
Rayburn was supported by a fabulous team: Kara Zahn, Channel Lemon, Shane Rye, Bethany Benjamin, Michelle Austin and Candice Tillman.
Clarksville’s longest-running community festival, Riverfest, included a performance by CMA and Grammy nominee Brandy Clark as well as performances by local m
usicians. It also featured a 52-Hour Film Festival, a Juried Art Show and a Human Foosball Tournament.
Another highlight was the Cardboard Boat Regatta, which was back for its 10th year and allowed sailors of boats made of recycled materials to race down the Cumberland River in a 100-yard dash. (Afterward, sailors could be seen heaving the wet remains of their short-lived cardboard boats into a dumpster.)
The event is always free and open to the public. Besides the events planned by the Clarksville Parks + Recreation Department, there were many vendors who sold a wide variety of gifts, fashion and food.
“You can never have too much funnel cake!” Rayburn said.