River Cities Gazette

River Cities Festival celebrates 40 years in Miami Springs this weekend

HAVING A BLAST: The annual River Cities Festival has brought out big crowds over the years and lots of folks looking to have a good time will be out in full force again this weekend.
HAVING A BLAST: The annual River Cities Festival has brought out big crowds over the years and lots of folks looking to have a good time will be out in full force again this weekend.
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River Cities Gazette

      BRING IT ON!!

The wait is over and the planning complete. The River Cities Festival is this weekend and you don’t want to miss meeting old friends, listening to music, eating too much, and having fun.

The 2014 River Cities Festival kicks off on Friday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. and closes Sunday, April 13 at 9 p.m. In between, there will be activities for every  age, entertainment at two stages, many special events, and over 100 vendors offering a variety of food, beverages, crafts, and souvenirs.

The Main Stage on The Circle and Woodys West End Stage near the outgoing bridge on Canal Street will be at the center of the entertainment throughout the weekend. Mr. Nice Guy closes on Friday night at the Main Stage, while Grammy-winning artists Hansel Y Raul do the same at Woodys West End Stage. (See the schedule of events on pages 11 & 13 for the complete listing of entertainment).

The Sixth Annual Mega Reunion, for Miami Springs High School graduates takes place on Saturday night and has been moved to Canal Street. This edition figures to be the biggest and best ever, as more than 1,000 alumni are confirmed to attend. Thanks to Nestor Suarez of MiamiSprings.com for making it happen.

Suarez also gets credit for the inaugural Miami Springs River Ride taking place at noon on Saturday. Suarez will lead more than 30 canoes from the boat ramp near Miami Springs High School down the Miami River to the East Drive bridge and back.

Of course, traditional events like the 5K run (Saturday, 7 a.m.); the Cake Bake-Off (Saturday, 1 p.m); the Chili Showdown (Sunday, noon); and The Dog Show (Sunday, 2 p.m.) will be a part of the year’s River Cities Festival. Another new event will be the Milam’s Market Wine & Cheese Tasting on Saturday from 4-7 p.m.

The Art & Crafts vendors will line the area between The Circle and Canal Street during daylight hours on Saturday and Sunday. Many unique handcrafted items will be available for sale, as perusing the many booths becomes a favorite, casual pastime of the attendees.

Trying to thank everyone who has contributed to making this year’s River Cities Festival a reality is impossible. But among those deserving of thanks are the Board of Directors, the City of Miami Springs, a hard-working support group, the Hialeah-Miami Springs Rotary Club, and many sponsors.

All have one common goal: to bring the people of this community together for a great weekend. Welcome to the 2014 River Cities Festival!


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