Rising waters force Riverfest to relocate

9:51 PM, Jul 4, 2011   |    comments
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St. Charles, Mo. (KSDK) - It was a dazzling display over the Missouri River, with fireworks lighting up the night sky. But it was that same river that nearly put a wrench in the Riverfest plans this year, as it threatened to flood over into Frontier park.

So days before the event, the decision was made to move it to higher ground.

"It was a little frantic when they first said we're going to move out of the park and onto the street and into the parking lots, but it's all worked out perfect," said Riverfest organizer Karen Godfrey.

Everything was shifted. The band was moved onto a parking lot, the vendors and rides into the street. Organizers say the only downside was the loss of a few parking spaces.

Morning rain made the park even soggier, so fairgoers seemed pleased that the attractions were kept on the pavement.

"There's no other way they could have done it I think for as wet as it is," said fairgoer Eric Teribury. "You can't have anything on this grass, it would just be a muddy mess."

In the end, organizers say all that re-organizing was worth it. The fireworks and the crowds were both big.


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