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Isle of Wight hosting Riverfest this weekend

Fri 18 May 2012

Isle of Wight hosting Riverfest this weekend

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays this weekend could spend some of their break on the island at the Riverfest event that is being held over the course of the next few days.

More than 4,000 people attended the Riverfest celebrations when they were held in Newport last year and thousands more are expected to turn up tomorrow (May 19th).

According to a report by the Isle of Wight County Press, vessels of all colours, sizes and shapes are going to be travelling up the River Medina in order to mark the occasion.

It is the biggest free community event on the calendar in Newport and since its inception four years ago has become one of the most popular happenings on the Isle of Wight.

Local food stalls will be set up close to the banks of the river, making it an ideal place for those on Isle of Wight holidays to spend some time over the course of the weekend.

The celebrations get underway at 11:00 BST and one of the highlights of the day is likely to be a 2km stand-up paddle board race on the river, with contestants able to hire a board if they want to take part in the event or even bring their own.

Riverfest organisers have been working with the Isle of Wight Rural Community Council on a plan this year to host a 1,200 Strong event, which is a celebration of volunteering on the island with many national charities and home-grown local ones on hand to explain their work.

Bodies such as the Maritime Volunteer Service, Newport Rowing Club, the Royal Naval Association, Medina Mariners Association and the Medina Valley Centre have all confirmed that they are going to be in attendance at the event.

A tall ship from The Little Brig Sailing Trust is also going to be at Riverfest providing entertainment to the thousands of attendees who are expected.

Posted by Steph WhiteADNFCR-3083-ID-801366788-ADNFCR

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