25 Years of Sunbury River Festival

SUNBURY — Sunbury’s population is expected to grow quite a bit this weekend.

“We average around 10,000 over the course of the three days,” Slade Shreck said.

That’s because Sunbury is celebrating its annual river festival. It’s not just any river fest, it’s the 25th anniversary of the event! Co-chair Slade Shreck said that makes the event extra special.

“We’re giving away cups today, carnations tomorrow. Tomorrow night we have the after-hours, it starts at 7:30, which we’re going to have the Def Leppard tribute band called ‘Adrenalize’, down by the river,” Shreck said.

What would the Sunbury River Festival be without a ride on the river? Airboat rides are available all weekend long!

Organizers said one of the highlights of the river festival is the cardboard boat regatta, which takes place on Saturday. But you don’t have to go out on the water to enjoy river fest.

“I mean, it’s something for everybody to do. You have your seniors right across the street. You have a lot of young kids, this gives them some entertainment, instead of getting in trouble, they have something else to do,” said Jay Willis.

“It’s about getting a lot of people together in a community setting and just having a good time in a fair-like setting,” Joseph Thomas-Carpenter said.

There will be train rides, a car cruise and a petting zoo. Winnie Nemecek said she has been at all 25 river festivals.

“I enjoy the crafts. I like to go through all the crafts and see those. Now I guess tomorrow that will be the big day for those,” Nemecek said.

Sunbury River Festival goes through Saturday night and benefits Sunbury’s revitalization.

1 Comment

  • Red Tornado Exile

    Yikes! Flotation devices missing from those on the boat, dangerous, not responsible, bad PR. How did that happen? Please be better role models for kids, NEVER be unsafe on the water, just as one should always wear seat belt while driving. Otherwise, looks like a great festival.

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