River Fest to bring music, races, entertainment, craft beer to Yorkville

The return of community celebrations will continue in downtown Yorkville on Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17, with the city’s River Fest.

Organized by the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department, Riverfront Park will fill up from 6 to 10 p.m. July 16, with a touch-a-truck event from 6 until 8 p.m. and live music from Back Country Roads from 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities will begin at noon and last until 10 p.m., starting with live country music from Prairie Station from noon until 2 p.m. Nashville Electric Company continues the live music from 3 to 5 p.m., and Whiskey Romance will close out the night from 7 to 10 p.m.

Family activities will happen throughout the day, with two scavenger hunts from noon until 5 p.m., and character meet-and-greets from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Illinois Whitewater Festival will return to the Marge Cline Whitewater Course at Riverfront Park on Saturday. For more information, contact the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department at 630-553-4357.

Patrons also can take part in craft beer tasting from six local breweries from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets will cost $15 per person or $25 per couple, and will include a 14-ounce souvenir glass.

The cardboard boat race is returning this year, with cash prizes awarded to the three fastest boats and three boats voted Best in Show.

Voting for Best in Show will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the race at 5:30 p.m. Registration can be done Saturday, and floats must arrive at Riverfront Park no later than 3:30 p.m.

Life vests, helmets and paddles will be supplied, and kids are encouraged to participate. More information can be found on the Cardboard Canoe Race Facebook page.

Boats can be constructed with corrugated cardboard, cardboard blocks, cardboard tubes, duct and masking tape, and latex paint materials. Boats cannot use wood, styrofoam, metal, fiberglass, plastic, sheathing, coated Sona-Tubes, silicon, wax, tar, caulking compounds, staples, clamps or screws.