The fifth annual Riverfest on Saturday May 19th was heralding a great success with record crowds and sunny weather. Over 30 community organisations attended Riverfest and more than £2,000 was raised by local charities. Children and families had plenty to do at this free event. Island businesses benefited from the event, having the opportunity to promote their produce and services, one new idea was to have local cooked fish on sale, which proved very popular.
The highlight of the day was the Wight Pirates, who attended the event for free, with people standing up to 10 deep to see and hear their ancient weapons.
“The Wight Pirates really make the event – we need a really good wow factor – and they certainly provide that. Today many people want something a little more exciting– and the Wight Pirates certainly fit the bill. We are very grateful for their support of Riverfest..we are sure that many people come along just to see them!”
said Ray Harrington-Vail the event organiser.
“This year they we joined by Vikings and Romans – all of which added to the interesting mix that is Riverfest – no one could accuse us of organising a boring event!”
Another highlight was the arrival The Little Brig tall ship – traditionally rigged with two masts, 10 sails, and one hundred ropes. For the first “Pedal n Paddle” ran a fun 2km Stand-Up Paddle Board race on the river starting from Town Quay. Cowes Sailability Club sailed along to Riverfest 2012 in the vessels Dougal and Zebedee. Also a first was a river taxi running from the Folly Inn at Whippingham into the harbour – enabling to travel to the event in the greenest transport of all, waterpower.
Information was made available on renewable technologies and rainwater harvesting, Details of how to use energy and water resources more wisely was provided to those attending.
The Footprint Trust is grateful to all our sponsors and supporters, particularly the Riverside Centre and Nice Productions who arranged for local bands and musicians to put on an acoustic set for the event. Newport Parish Council was also praised for their support along with Natural Enterprise, The Environment Agency, Southern Water and Partnerships for Renewables, Engenius and Shorelines of Cowes.