As this year’s Monticello Riverfest wrapped up, one could find many differing descriptions of just how the annual town celebration went.
“Perfect,” said Sandy Suchy, director of the Monticello Chamber of Commerce.
“I think it turned out exceptionally well,” argued Mayor Clint Herbst.
And Wes Olson, one of the key players in the Riverfest scene, as well as its electrician for 15 years, argued yet another point. “I don’t think we really had any glitches,” said Olson. “It just went really smooth.”
In all actuality of course, while their words differed, everyone seemed to be in agreement that the 36th installation of Riverfest was another smashing success. Clouds mixed with sun throughout the weekend, while warm temperatures reigned supreme – as they always do – everywhere from the park to the parade to the jam-packed street dance on Saturday night.
The weekend started Thursday night with festivities in the park, where people filled the park as full as it’s been in recent memory.
“It was a huge turnout,” said Herbst. “I think everyone had a good time.” The pie eating contest highlighted the event, but it also featured numerous activities for kids, as well as an impressive collection of cool cars – both vintage and modern.
Friday night saw the busiest talent show in Riverfest history as the high school auditorium filled up to enjoy the 21-act show. Fans were then able to proceed straight outside to enjoy the crowd-pleasing fireworks at the new time on a Friday night.
As always, things went off without a hitch, and Monticello put on a show that will be sure to have people already anticipating next year. Friday night rolled right into Saturday morning, where thousands braved the warm weather to come enjoy crafts at art in the park and get a taste of Monticello from some local food vendors, before resting up for a night of rocking and rolling with Outside Recess at the annual street dance behind the community center.
Festivities came to a close on Sunday
, but not before a well-attended parade, the 15th annual duck race, and the crowning of a new Miss Monticello (Mylissa Sauser) took place under the hot sun. By the end of the weekend, one thing was clear. No matter the words one wanted to use to describe the success of Riverfest weekend, all descriptions proved that with Riverfest 2012, Monticello did it right.