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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Riverfest adjusted amid pandemic concerns

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CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee. – 

With the COVID-19 pandemic still having a widespread impact, Clarksville Parks & Recreation is adapting the traditional three-day Riverfest celebration into nearly two weeks of in-person and virtual events.

“Riverfest is our biggest event, and we know our community looks forward to it,” said Jennifer Letourneau, Clarksville Parks & Recreation Director. “We’ve been meeting and discussing possible ways to bring this event to life even if it looks different this year.”

Riverfest 2020 will run Sept. 1-12 and feature several new events, such as: 

  • Riverfest Virtual Talent Competition
  • Riverfest Virtual 5K
  • D.I.Y. Riverfest
  • Drive-in Fireworks

In addition to the new events, other well-known events will take place as part of the Riverfest celebration. Movies in the Park, traditionally held once a month, will take place twice in September, showing “Trolls World Tour” on Saturday, Sept. 5; and presenting “Onward,” from Disney and Pixar, on Friday, Sept. 11. Both screenings will be at Liberty Park. 

The Clarksville Downtown Market will join the celebration with a Health and Wellness Day on Saturday, Sept. 5, and Riverfest Day on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

The Riverfest Juried Art Show will showcase selected artwork at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10; 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

The popular Riverfest Cardboard Boat Regatta will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Teams will build cardboard boats and set sail on the Cumberland River.

Letourneau said the decision to adjust Riverfest wasn’t easy. “We were hopeful that Riverfest wouldn’t be affected by the pandemic, but ultimately the safety of our community is the top priority. We know Clarksville citizens agree and will support the event in its new format.”

More information about Riverfest 2020 can be found at ClarksvilleRiverfest.com.

About Clarksville Parks & Recreation

Clarksville Parks & Recreation provides a variety of indoor/outdoor programs, facilities, nature activities and entertainment events for people living in the Montgomery County and Fort Campbell area. These free or reasonably priced, year-round experiences help residents enhance their health, wellness, and social engagement—resulting in a stronger, better community.

About Clarksville Parks & Recreation

Clarksville Parks & Recreation provides a variety of indoor/outdoor programs, facilities, nature activities and entertainment events for people living in the Montgomery County and Fort Campbell area. These free or reasonably priced, year-round experiences help residents enhance their health, wellness, and social engagement—resulting in a stronger, better community.

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