9th annual Mississippi Riverfest and Heritage Day set for September 14

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The 9th Annual Riverfest and Heritage Day at Mississippi Regional Park will be a jam-packed event, filled with outdoor adventures, music, games, crafts and more on the banks of the Mississippi River. The big event is on Saturday, September 14, from 1-5 p.m. at Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Dr. N. Co-hosts are the Lind Bohanon Neighborhood Association and the Three Rivers Park District-Carl Kroening Interpretive Center.

Many new attractions for families of all ages have been added to this year’s event to celebrate the river. Come and meet animals live—like the great horned owl—and take your picture with a snake. Make a boat and launch it along the banks of the Mississippi. Borrow a GPS unit for the challenge course. Complete the Story Walking Trail set up by the Webber Park Library, and then read under the trees or along the shore. Gaze into the DNR fish tank. Cast a pole and go fishing, bring your own and make your own fish t-shirts! We also have pioneer games, wagon rides and local history displays.

The wildly acclaimed Roe Family Singers will be hitting the Haybale stage from 2-3 p.m. The Roe Family Singers are a good-time, old-time Hillbilly band from the Mississippi-headwaters community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN. Led by wife and husband Kim Roe (Best Female Vocalist, City Pages/Village Voice) and Quillan Roe (Accident Clearinghouse), the band marries old-time sounds from barn-dances, fiddle pulls, and county fairs with the rock and roll passion of youth.

Featuring banjo, autoharp, guitar and Appalachian clogging, the band and family of fans have been regularly filling Minneapolis’ 331 Club every Monday night since 2005. They’ve shared the stage with Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Mike Seeger, Del McCoury, the Grascals, and Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur. In 2011 the band was awarded the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. They won the title of “World’s Best Jug Band” in 2010 and 2012 at the annual Battle of the Jug Bands and won the Minnesota Duet Contest at the MN State Fair in 2012.

The Roe Family Singers mix original music and contemporary takes on old-time, traditional, and gospel tunes into one roiling and rollicking river of fresh yet familiar American music. Every performance raises a ruckus.

Event goers will be able to meet Jacques the Voyageur, a French fur trader and river voyageur whose exploratory tales and artifacts of his trading and river journeys will bewilder and enthrall explorers of all ages! Roam amid historic Ojibwa artifacts and hear stories from Mercedes Tuma-Hansen along the forest and river paths. View maps and ask questions of local historians.

The event costs $5/person; 20 percent off for groups of four or more. Ride your bikes in and receive $1 off. Hurry and preregister today by calling 763-694-7694!

If you’re interested in more info, contact LBNA at 763-561-1616 or check out our website at lindbohanon.org or on Facebook at Lind Bohanon Neighborhood Association.