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Buffalo River Fest Starts Tonight!

Buffalo River Fest

Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17

Take in the scenic beauty of the Buffalo River and iconic grain elevators this weekend for the 12th annual Buffalo River Fest, running Friday (June 15) through Sunday (June 17) at the all new Buffalo River Fest Park, located on Ohio Street in downtown Buffalo near the First Niagara Center. Just a few short years ago, the land that now houses River Fest Park was a forgettable stretch of overgrown brush, litter and chain link fencing with zero access to the river.  After years of hard work and planning from Peg Overdorf and the Valley Community Association, the area has been transformed into a First Ward oasis, perfect for a waterfront festival showcasing the Buffalo River and the rich history associated with the industrial corridor. Festivities throughout the weekend include a local artists and artisans show, live music, food and refreshments, beer garden, historic walking tours, museum tent, E.M. Cotter fire boat rides (Sat & Sun), River Regatta (Sat 11am), Pyromancy Fire Performance Troupe  (Sat night),  and much more. Don’t forget to take the short walk down to the naval park on Sunday at noon for the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association’s first annual “Round-the-Stake Races,” recreating the historic boat races between Buffalo’s rival rowing clubs during the early 1900’s.  River Fest starts tonight at 6pm, with the Urban Renewal Band hitting the stage from 8pm to midnight. —jon wheelock

Complete 2012 River Fest schedule at www.thevalleycenter.com