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Family Fun At River Fest
Guests that attended River Fest enjoyed a few food vendors including Kettle Korn that also offered lemon shakers and iced tea.News Photos By Virginia Still

The sun was out and the skies were blue as guests entered Jacob Myers Park for River Fest on Saturday even though the high winds made for a blustery day. The canopies were up throughout the park with reinforced tie downs along with booths that had heavy items holding down their information due to the high winds.

The City of Riverbank’s Parks and Recreation Department hosted the outdoor fun with four food booths, 11 vendors, a petting zoo, Spec Ops, and a kid’s zone this past Saturday.

The Riverbank High School Athletic Boosters offered guests breakfast and lunch items including Danish pastries, pop tarts, a cheeseburger meal along with several beverages, to name a few choices. The Central Valley Community Resources group served up carne asada and chicken tacos, super nachos, and quesadillas to help raise funds for senior brunch Fridays. Collecting recyclables and serving up hot dogs, chips and drinks were the members of the Kiwanis Club. For dessert one may have stopped by the girl scouts table to purchase a few remaining boxes of cookies from Modesto Troop 1639.

Among the vendors on hand to share information and hand out treats or other prizes included the Army Corp of Engineers, the Riverbank Chamber, StaRT (Stanislaus Regional Transit), the City of Riverbank, S.T.A.R.S. volunteers, and Riverbank Jr. Bruins.

Action City Adventures was new to the event this year and the Oakdale Shelter Pet Alliance volunteers were on hand with a friendly adoptable pet.

All the way from the Bay area, President David Galindo of D.O.H.P. (Decorating Our Home Planet) along with staff set up a booth with their eco-friendly made in America T-shirts, denim jeans, and skateboards that are custom made. For every T-shirt sold the D.O.H.P. organization will plant three trees somewhere across the globe. The jeans are made in San Francisco and are made out of recycled denim and plastic bottles. Galindo expressed that they came out to River Fest to support the City of Riverbank and their cause to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Along with a petting zoo the kid’s zone featured activities like creating bubbles, a dart game, and face painting.

Spec Ops Live Play had their Bubble Sports on hand for guests to enjoy during River Fest as well as Archery Tag.

Entertaining attendees and vendors were two bands, The Sunshines and the Rob Hill Band.

The event had people trickling in throughout the day and although it was windy River Fest participants seemed to enjoy the outdoor event.