Riverbast 2014 finishes strong
NEW ULMRiverblast 2014 continues to be a treat for both music lovers and river lover. Over 20 campers dotted the river side in the temporary campground created for the festival. The music started during mid afternoon with Dick Kimmel and Company, followed by Shell’s Hobo Band, Jumbo Ya Ya, and the Arcades.
In the afternoon with free Horse Drawn Trolley rides along the river provided by Frank Bianchi and his team of horses. At the same time Makato Paddling and Outing Club gave free rides in an 28 foot canoe named “War Canoe”. The vessel is 86 years old and is capable of carrying six adult passangers.
A 2014 Alumacrat boat was also given away in raffle held by New Ulm Area Sprt Fisherman. The grandprizer winner was New Ulm resident Barry Zimmerman
Despite and overcast sky, the festival remained dry. The previous night began with a short, but intense rain shower that tappered off into light drizzel. Taking advantage of Friday’s weather several children created animal sculptures from the mud.
The good weather was a relief to many of the Riverblast volunteers. During the 2013 Riverblast bad weather put a preamature end to the festivities. “It would have been a record crowd last year, but thunder storms drove people out,” said event organizer Scott Sparlin. While Sparlin doubts this year will be record breaking he was excited by the crowd turnout.