ST. CHARLES – The City of St. Charles RiverFest once again will be an iconic, vibrant and diverse event, according to a news release.
The 33rd annual fest starts Friday and continues through Sunday in downtown St. Charles.
New to the festival this year are demonstrations from the Jack Axe Games, which includes challenges taken from lumberjack and Scottish Highland games, and mixed with throwing cabers, cross-cutting logs, throwing axes, and more, according to the release. The Jack Axe Games will be during all three days of RiverFest, the release states.
Live performances at the festival will include the 144th Army National Guard Dixie Land Band, which consists of 38 citizen-soldiers, according to the release.
The Jesse White Tumblers also will perform for the first time in St. Charles at RiverFest, the release states.
The crafter and vintage markets at the fest will include the “Digging for Treasure Jewelry Faire” to benefit Anderson Animal Shelter from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday behind the St. Charles Municipal Center, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles.
“We are continually striving to bring new and unique attractions to RiverFest while maintaining and improving the popular ones – Dragon Boat Racing, the Water Ski performance and the free music shows,” wrote Jon Olson, co-founder and past board president of Pride of the Fox, which organizes RiverFest. “I think the new attractions added in 2015 are outstanding and are a must-see for our residents.”
There will be a few street closures in downtown St. Charles to accommodate the festival, according to a St. Charles Police Department news release.
Riverside Avenue and First Street will be closed between Main and Illinois streets. Walnut Avenue will be closed between Riverside Avenue and South Second Avenue, according to the release.
South Second Avenue will remain open to vehicle traffic, but there will be parking restrictions posted, according to St. Charles police.
Motorists who normally travel these streets are encouraged to find alternate routes of travel from 5 a.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. They also are encouraged to check carefully for posted restrictions before parking on other downtown streets and parking lots, the release states.
There will be a significant increase in pedestrian and vehicle traffic in and around the downtown area during the three-day festival. The majority of traffic will be on Main Street between Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue, according to the release.
If you go
What: City of St. Charles RiverFest
When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Downtown St. Charles
Cost: Free admission (ride, food and drink prices vary)
Information: 630-296-7683 or prideofthefox.net