The Wabash Riverfest will expand across the river for the first time

Saturday, July 14th is the eighteenth Wabash Riverfest, but this year brings a new change: bringing it over the river into downtown Lafayette.

Posted: Jul 13, 2018 4:33 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2018 4:35 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) --- Saturday, July 14th is the eighteenth Wabash Riverfest, but this year brings a new change: bringing it over the river into downtown Lafayette.

The usual fun and educational activities for families will take place in Tapawingo Park.

Kids of all ages can enjoy live animals brought in by the Columbian Park Zoo, all day fishing, and an instrument petting zoo.

A full day of activities will also be available on the pedestrian bridge and in the downtown Lafayette area.

Activities on the pedestrian bridge include a parent-child fitness class and an adult tricycle obstacle course.

While the main purpose of Riverfest is to get the family out and enjoying the festivities, Riverfest also has a deeper meaning.

"The real purpose of Riverfest is to bring awareness of the river and what it really means to the community recreationally,” said Jon Munn of the West Lafayette Parks Department. “It's a great event."

New activities that will be available on the Lafayette side will include a zip line down Main Street, a beer garden on Chase Plaza, and a beach volleyball pit containing nearly 200 tons of sand on Second Street.

Expanding Riverfest into downtown Lafayette is a natural progression for the event.

"The community all comes together for a lot of events and we thought why not Riverfest and bringing it across the river,” said Angela Andrews from the City of Lafayette Renew Department. “So we are going to be on the pedestrian bridge as well as downtown Lafayette and Riehle Plaza."

Temperatures are expected to be near the 90’s on Saturday, so Andrews suggests families visit the food vendors and find a shady spot to watch the live music shows.

The event is scheduled for 7:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

Mosey Down Main Street will start promptly after Riverfest is over.

Click here for the full Wabash Riverfest schedule.

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