For more than 40 years, West Point has been celebrating River Days. This year’s festival is Sept. 13-14.
The event is from 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 13 with booths and rides. It continues at noon Sept. 14 with a parade and a day filled with activities, ending with fireworks.
Superheroes will take center stage during this year’s parade.
“Some adults and children are dressing as their favorite superheroes,” parade coordinator Fran Moore said. “I asked Batman to be grand marshal but Superman is coming too. It should be interesting, but fun.”
Also in the parade lineup is the bubble car, an interactive car that projects bubbles. For an hour after the parade is over it will be set up in the park with bubble stations for children to play with bubbles.
Live music is another highlight of the event, organizer Chris Lueken said.
Musical acts include an Elvis Presley tribute, local band Mike DuWayne and Co. and headliners JoLivia, a group made up of Josh Logan and Olivia Henken, both finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.”
Activities take place along the Ohio River in Veterans Memorial Park in West Point.
Vendor booths include homemade crafts, local booths, jewelry, food trucks, Primetime Rub O’Licious, homemakers and Hardin County Water No.1.
Lueken said new to the event this year is free paddle boat rides from River City Paddle Sports at the old Fourth Street wharf. A waiver must be signed to participate.
Fox Creek Amusements is providing rides and is selling $12 armbands for unlimited rides.
Also new is an auction to raise money for the festival. Items include a $100 gift certificate to Watson’s and other gift cards, gift baskets and desserts made by West Point residents, Lueken said.
The event is topped off with West Point owned Bombed Fireworks at dusk.
Lueken expects a crowd of around 600 people to attend this year’s festivities.
“This festival is when many former West Point residents come back to visit the place they’re from,” she said. “It’s like a celebration within the community as well as a homecoming.”
Admission to the festival is free but the rides and food are not.
“We suggest bringing a folding chair to sit in if you want to set up a place along the river to watch the firework display,” Lueken said.
For more information, call 502-922-4260.