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New Cumberland set for Riverfest

August 31, 2011
By NANCY TULLIS - Special to the Herald-Star , The (East Liverpool) Review

NEW CUMBERLAND - City residents are making plans for Riverfest at the end of September and are raising money to put a roof over the overlook deck where bands play during that festival.

The New Cumberland Parade and Festival Committee is making plans for the annual fall Riverfest to be held Sept. 24 and 25 along River Avenue.

Maureen Vulgamore, event chair, said the committee has been working all year to ensure another successful and fun Riverfest.

"Our big goal this year is to have a roof built atop the overlook," Vulgamore said. With a roof on the overlook deck, the area can be used as a permanent stage for Riverfest and other events throughout the year, she said.

The committee is selling brick pavers to raise money for this achievement, she said. The pavers will be on display at this year's Riverfest and may be purchased throughout the festival.

"The entertainment lineup this year is exciting and the committee urges everyone to come to River Avenue for two days of good food, crafts and fun," Vulgamore said.

She said there will be a car show, a children's fishing derby, a duck race, dancers and "music galore."

This year with the help of entertainer Trina Janura, the Riverfest Committee is staging a local talent show, "New Cumberland Has Talent," at 4 p.m. on Sept. 24.

"So hone your special talent and come to the Riverfest on Saturday and sign up for a performance," Vulgamore said.

There will be two age groups vying for trophies. Any and all talent is accepted, and karaoke will be provided.

The Hancock Arts Council has moved its art show during Riverfest to the old municipal building and is seeking local artists who want to display their work during the show.

Joyce Beatty of the Arts Council said the group chose to set up the show in the former New Cumberland City Building "along our scenic River Avenue" to ensure the art displayed will be protected from the elements.

Last year the art show was set up in a tent.

Submissions in any media, such as paintings, pottery, stained glass or photography, will be accepted, she said. Any art pieces to be hung must be framed or matted without glass and otherwise be ready for hanging.

Adults may submit one or two pieces. Student artists may submit one work each.

The Arts Council has requested that each artist submit a short biography with their work. Anyone wishing to sell their art work should include the asking price for each piece.

During the week of Riverfest, artists may submit their work to the Arts Council for display. Works will be accepted from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sept. 24, the first day of the show.

The pieces must be picked up from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25.

For information, contact Vulgamore at (304) 564-3110, Joyce Beatty at (304) 564-5200 or the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau at (304) 797-7001.

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