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RiverFest turns 25 on Saturday

Recorder/Trish Crapo
Performance artist Maya Apfelbaum of Greenfield leads the Frog and Flower Parade across the Iron Bridge during the 23rd annual Riverfest celebration in Shelburne Falls in 2011.

Recorder/Trish Crapo Performance artist Maya Apfelbaum of Greenfield leads the Frog and Flower Parade across the Iron Bridge during the 23rd annual Riverfest celebration in Shelburne Falls in 2011.

SHELBURNE FALLS — After a week of movie filming, “Carlinville, Indiana” becomes “Shelburne Falls” once again on Saturday, for a very big homegrown event: RiverFest.

RiverFest has been named by Yankee Magazine as “one of the top 20 Massachusetts events.”

Since this is the 25th annual celebration of the Deerfield River, organizers are acknowledging the milestone with “25 things to see and do” at RiverFest.

Highlights include: A Trout Unlimited fly-casting clinic, stand-up paddling and “quiet-water” rafting; Piti Theatre’s “Poetry in Motion” in Memorial Hall; “Medicine Mammals: Story-telling and Music;” and plenty of live music on Deerfield Avenue.

As always, there will be a parade/craft workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Trolley Museum yard, followed by the annual “Frog and Flower Parade,” in which children made up to be their favorite river flora and fauna parade up Conway Street, and over the Iron Bridge, down to the Arms Library.

Also featured will be trolley rides from the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, a Birds of Prey presentation, an Arts Garden community art project on the Iron Bridge, the Arms Library Book Sale and the Women’s Club Tag Sale.

While there, sign up for Deerfied River Watershed Hikes, scheduled for Sunday, at 1 and 1:30 p.m.

RiverFest is sponsored by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association and the Deerfield River Watershed Association.

For more online information, go to:

ShelburneFalls.com

or DeefieldRiver.org

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