Crowds come out for RiverFest 2018

Published 11:30 pm Saturday, April 21, 2018

Uncle Kracker rocked the stage Friday night and vendors lined Washington Street Saturday as large crowds flocked to the annual RiverFest in downtown Vicksburg.

Twenty-two musicians performed across two stages during the two-day festival including Vicksburg born country singer William Michael Morgan.

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The performances started at 6 p.m. each night, but Saturday included plenty of daytime activities including food vendors, an arts and crafts show and a barbecue competition.

“It has been wonderful,” Main Street Vicksburg executive director Kim Hopkins said. “We have had tons of people downtown so far and everybody looks like they are having a wonderful time. The arts and crafts are going really good and William Michael Morgan has already been on the stage playing a little while this morning. People are walking up and down the street enjoying themselves so it is a great day.”

This year’s festival was dubbed RiverFest revAMPed and stretched further along Washington Street than years past. The side streets were used for a car show and the crafts show as people made their way up and down Washington Street stopping at vendors and shopping at the downtown stores.

“It is really nice, a little crowded, but that it good,” Jimmy Vinson said. “This one here is nicer than most of them we have had. I didn’t come last year, but this one here has been really nice and they have a lot more vendors here than normal.”

After two weekends full of rain, RiverFest was blessed with cool temperatures for the concertgoers Friday night and clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s for the daytime activities Saturday.

“My mom dragged me out,” Roberta Higgins said. “It is wonderful, a beautiful day and lot of fun.”

Higgins said her favorite part of the festival was the food, and although she hadn’t made a final decision Saturday afternoon, she thought her and some friends might be coming back Saturday night to listen to the music.

“I think me and the girls are going to get out later tonight and may head back down here and put the kids away,” Higgins said.

Hopkins didn’t have an official count for the amount of people who attended, but said they were happy with the crowds and expected to see an even bigger crowd Saturday night than Friday.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. echoed those sentiments saying he was very happy with how RiverFest was going.

“The crowd is bigger, the crowd is more engaged than ever and I think it worked like a charm and can only get better as we grow,” Flaggs said. “The thing I like about it the most is it is family oriented and you can bring the whole family down. The other part I like is how people get along and work together. It speaks volumes for the city and direction we are going.”