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By September 3, 2021 10: 12 am

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – While Riverfest will return in-person this year – with live music, the art show, the boat regatta and more – the popular Kids Zone won’t happen because of rising COVID-19 numbers in Clarksville.

“While continuing to err on the side of caution, minor modifications are being made so that Riverfest can return to its former glory as an in-person event,” Mayor Joe Pitts said in a news release. “After an abbreviated version of Riverfest last year due to COVID-19, I’m excited to see families enjoy this year’s festivities. Clarksville Parks & Recreation has done a marvelous job once again planning this event, and I look forward to seeing everyone enjoying all that this Clarksville tradition has to offer.”

Masks will be highly encouraged for both vaccinated and unvaccinated attendees when social distancing can’t be maintained.

Here’s the festival schedule:

  • Thursday, Sept. 9: Juried Art Show from 5-7 p.m. at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center.
  • Friday, Sept. 10: McGregor Park from 5-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 11: McGregor Park from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Live music

The headliner act Saturday night will be Generation Radio, a supergroup featuring musicians from Rascal Flatts, Journey and Chicago. They formed in early 2020 with the goal of bringing ’80s rock and the classics back to life, and their debut album will be released in 2021.

Music supergroup Generation Radio is set to perform at Riverfest 2021 in Clarksville. (Contributed)

Clarksville artist IVEY will be the opening act, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The rest of the music lineup for Friday and Saturday will be announced soon.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

The big annual Cardboard Boat Regatta will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the McGregor Park Boat Launch Area.

This fan-favorite, sponsored by Waterdogs, is back for the 13th year. Boats are constructed from cardboard and recycled materials and raced down the Cumberland River in a 100-yard dash. Divisions include adult, youth (with adult), military, civic/churches, businesses, and local government agencies, according to the release.

The Riverfest 2020 Cardboard Boat Regatta.

If you have what it takes to win, or at least to sink gloriously, be sure to sign up. Registration is required by Sept. 10 at the Riverfest website.

Roads and parking

Road closures: On Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11:

  • 6 a.m., both southbound lanes on Riverside Drive and the center turning lane closed. Only one northbound and one southbound lane will be open for two-way traffic.
  • 7 p.m. until midnight, Riverside Drive will be closed to through traffic from Spring Street to College Street.
  • Midnight, the far southbound lane of Riverside Drive closed.

Boating: The courtesy boat dock and boat ramp at the RiverWalk will be closed Tuesday through Sunday evening. Boats can be anchored on the county side of the channel during the festival, however, no boat may anchor in the channel or on the RiverWalk side. River traffic may be subject to safety checks. There is no swimming in the event area after sunset, from the J.R. Corman Train trestle to the Red River/Cumberland River confluence. These regulations are subject to change at any time, according to the release.

Parking and shuttles: Free parking will be available on the Austin Peay State University campus at 311 College St. at the corner of Home Avenue and College. Shuttles taking patrons to Riverfest will run every 30-45 minutes on Saturday only, beginning at 11: 45 a.m. and continuing until 11: 15 p.m. See www.clarksvilleriverfest.com for exact pickup location.

Riverfest parking will not be permitted at Two Rivers Business Center at any time or at Riverside Drive businesses during their business hours. Handicap parking will be available at designated parking lots directly across from McGregor Park.

Volunteer opportunities: Riverfest still needs volunteers ages 13 and up available to work a four-hour shift Friday or Saturday. All volunteers will receive a Riverfest T-shirt, a free meal, and direct access to all the Riverfest fun. To volunteer, email or call Clarksville Parks and Recreation at [email protected] or 931-645-7476.

About the festival

Riverfest is Clarksville’s longest-running community festival and brings more than 30,000 people to the banks of the Cumberland River in an arts and recreation celebration. Admission and entertainment at the festival are free and open to the public thanks to our partners Blue Cord Realty, Five Star Media Group, Tri-Star Beverage of Clarksville, Waterdogs & Mary’s Music. For information or for ADA assistance, please call 931-645-7476 or visit www.cityofclarksville.com.

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