New Milford RiverFest set for Oct. 2, 3, with added events

Dominic Trombetta, 3, from New Milford plays a game during New Milford's inaugural Riverfest celebration on Oct. 13, 2018 at Young's Field.

Dominic Trombetta, 3, from New Milford plays a game during New Milford's inaugural Riverfest celebration on Oct. 13, 2018 at Young’s Field.

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NEW MILFORD — New Milford’s third annual RiverFest is happening this Saturday, Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Young’s Field Park, on Young’s Field Road across from the banks of the Housatonic River, according to organizers.

“This year’s event is bigger and better than ever,” said Riverfront Revitalization Committee Chairman Liba Furhman. “This year has so many added events including a 5k River Run and Kids Super Hero Sprint, the ‘Strut Your Mutt’ Dog Costume Contest, Bingo, and Saturday evening fireworks.”

On Sunday, the New Milford Rotary Club is holding its annual Duck Race, also on Young’s Field Road at 2 p.m. On Saturday morning, the event opens at 11 a.m. followed by the landing of the New Milford Police Department’s helicopter. Children escorted by their parents can enjoy a “show and tell” and meet the pilots.

The complete event schedule, including musical entertainment, can be found at NMRiverfest.org. Registration for the 5K River Run and Super Hero Sprint, and the “Strut Your Mutt” Dog costume can also be found on the website.

Attractions include:

• Fireworks • Live music and entertainment • Food trucks • Beer and wine garden • Bingo • 5K River Run and Kids Super Hero Sprint races • Arts and crafts vendors • Guided nature and historical walks • “Strut Your Mutt” Dog costume contest • Community organization booths • Children’s activities

The first RiverFest was held in 2019 as a day to share and imagine the possibilities for the town and for a celebratory gathering with friends and family, according to organizers.

Now several years later, the event has grown and become a town tradition. Taking place along the banks of Housatonic River in New Milford - gateway to Litchfield County - and the historic Downtown Village Center, RiverFest highlights the heart of New Milford’s community. While admission is free, donations of $5 per person are appreciated, according to organizers.

RiverFest is an all volunteer effort, and depends on community members to plan and staff the event. RiverFest also thanks its many generous sponsors for making the event possible. For more information send an email to NMRiverFest@gmail.com.