Millers River lights up the night

  • Submitted photo/Deni Ellis<br/>Seen in the boat parade at Orange Solstice Riverfest:" Best Illuminated" boat,  Sonni Olbert, Rhonda Euvrard and Evi DeChambeau.

    Submitted photo/Deni Ellis
    Seen in the boat parade at Orange Solstice Riverfest:" Best Illuminated" boat, Sonni Olbert, Rhonda Euvrard and Evi DeChambeau.

  • Submitted photo/Deni Ellis<br/>Firepits can be seen in the Millers River during Orange's Solstice Riverfest.

    Submitted photo/Deni Ellis
    Firepits can be seen in the Millers River during Orange's Solstice Riverfest.

  • Vendors gather between the Orange Veterans Memorial Park and Fire Station on Saturday to kick off the first ever Orange Riverfest.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Vendors gather between the Orange Veterans Memorial Park and Fire Station on Saturday to kick off the first ever Orange Riverfest.
    Recorder/Micky Bedell

  • Vendors gather between the Orange Veterans Memorial Park and Fire Station on Saturday to kick off the first ever Orange Riverfest.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Vendors gather between the Orange Veterans Memorial Park and Fire Station on Saturday to kick off the first ever Orange Riverfest.
    Recorder/Micky Bedell

  • Grace Kirrane, 14, gets her face painted at Orange Riverfest on Saturday by her mother, Nicole, owner of the 'Face Escape' facepainting business who set up shop in the vendor area.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Grace Kirrane, 14, gets her face painted at Orange Riverfest on Saturday by her mother, Nicole, owner of the 'Face Escape' facepainting business who set up shop in the vendor area.
    Recorder/Micky Bedell

  • Submitted photo/Deni Ellis<br/>Seen in the boat parade at Orange Solstice Riverfest:" Best Illuminated" boat,  Sonni Olbert, Rhonda Euvrard and Evi DeChambeau.
  • Submitted photo/Deni Ellis<br/>Firepits can be seen in the Millers River during Orange's Solstice Riverfest.
  • Vendors gather between the Orange Veterans Memorial Park and Fire Station on Saturday to kick off the first ever Orange Riverfest.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Vendors gather between the Orange Veterans Memorial Park and Fire Station on Saturday to kick off the first ever Orange Riverfest.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Grace Kirrane, 14, gets her face painted at Orange Riverfest on Saturday by her mother, Nicole, owner of the 'Face Escape' facepainting business who set up shop in the vendor area.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

ORANGE — Attendees lined both sides of the Millers River and across the bridge on South Main Street to watch an Illuminated Boat Parade.

The finale of a successful, first Solstice Riverfest in Orange Saturday night, was a sight to see. A dozen or so decorated canoes, kayaks, and rowboats made their way around floating fire pits in the dark as the crowd cheered for their favorite designs. Third-place winners for “Best Illuminated” went to Sonni Olbert and Rhonada Euvrard for their canoe decorated with a lit-up sun in the center surrounded by flowing streamers and gold twinkle lights. John and Faith Pace, who won the second-place award for “Most Extreme” in their kayaks, each had an arch of colorful tissue paper flowers with Hawaiian leis on their bows. “Most original” in first place went to Anne Colo and Angie Berqquist, who had a patriotic theme of American flag banners, flag-colored balloons and glow sticks.

Earlier in the evening, Dan Aukstikalnis from Jumptown parachuted down into a field adjacent to the event with a 3,700-square-foot American flag. The skydiver circled and twisted his way through the air to onlookers below. His landing, welcomed by many of the children attending the festival with high fives, was as graceful as his descent.

The Solstice Riverfest was the first ever held by the town of Orange and had a lot to offer attendees throughout the family-friendly event. In addition to the boat parade and parachutist, food, crafters, music and plenty of activities for kids, including a rock climbing wall, were also available.

The event was sponsored by the Orange Lions Club and the Orange Business Association and is anticipated to become an annual event.

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