Monticello Riverfest celebration has another successful run

Riverfest organizers report the 38th annual edition of Monticello’s popular summer celebration set records under favorable skies and well-attended events.

Several non-profit organizations, including the Monticello Lions, Rotary and the Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as a a number of dedicated community members come back year after year as a committee to organize Riverfest’s entertaining Thursday through Sunday event line-up.

The annual four-day festival, a celebration of food, drinks, music, the city, its people and much more, is essentially the big Monticello get-together.

And when it came to an initial look at the financial bottom line, Riverfest Treasurer LeRoy Miller had even more good news to report in a follow-up email.

“Comparing this year to last year, we had a record year,” Miller wrote his fellow committee members. “Thank you for all of the hard work,” Miller added.

Dan Anselment, security and public safety chairman, reported the Wright County Sheriff’s Office didn’t make any arrests associated with Riverfest events.

“There wasn’t any newsworthy law enforcement activity at any event throughout the weekend,” Anselment, told the Monticello Times.

“Even with the large crowd at the street dance, everybody was well behaved with the exception of a few people escorted out of the dance for minor issues,” Anselment reported.

Anselment estimated Saturday night’s street dance featuring the Fabulous Armadillos drew more than 4,500 people. Fellow Riverfest Committee member Mick Maher’s rough estimate was a little bit higher then Anselment’s.

Maher estimated there were about 5,000 people in attendance.

“The Fabulous Armadillos and their showcase of talent was very successful,” Maher said.

“The parking lot was nearly filled to capacity, and the audience enjoyed the variety of musical numbers. The Fabulous Armadillos’ vocalists, pianists and guitarist presented energetic performances.”

Jacque Gordon, Monticello Riverfest Talent Show lead organizer and committee secretary said Friday night’s 15th annual community showcase of talent was very successful.

“The Monticello High School auditorium was nearly filled to capacity, and the audience enjoyed a wide variety of acts,” she said.

Paul Brandjord, Riverfest Sunday chicken dinner and hot dog concession chair, reported Von Hansen’s River Dogs were a huge hit once again this year.

“The root beer floats were a great addition to this year’s food options,”  he said.  “The float servers were busy all afternoon. Andrew and his team from Von Hansen’s did a great job catering the food for the chicken dinner meals.  Having them on-site working with the Monticello Boys Scouts serving the meals was a very smooth operation. Our sales were all up slightly from last year.”

Dave Wik, Monticello Riverfest 5K and Kids’ Fun Run lead organizer, reported 380 official finishers plus an approximate 100 kids in participated in Saturday’s events.

“We had a very good turnout for a humid morning and a new course record set by male champion,” Wik reported. “Once again, we had wonderful help onsite from the
Monticello Lions Club, the current Monticello Royalty and candidates, the Monticello Fire Department and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.”

The Monticello Riverfest Committee has a year-to-year commitment to recruit new volunteers. Contact the committee at monticelloriverfest@hotmail.com.

Contact Tim Hennagir at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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