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Cowboys and cash highlight Festival by the River

Cowboy Bo Carter, from left, presents Ethan Reece and his mom, Crystal, with a bullet after a
gun fight at the Festival by the River.

Originally published: Aug. 21, 2013
Last modified: Aug. 21, 2013

Heather Samudio

The Guns of the CSA cowboys had gunfights throughout the day and more than $1,000 was awarded during the Festival by the River on Saturday in Creston.

The Riverview Lion’s Club held the annual festival and Rubber Duck Race, allowing attendees to explore all the offerings at the Riverview Community Center during the weekend event.

Children won stuffed animals in free carnival games while the adults showed off their skills in corn hole tournaments.

Individuals listened to traditional mountain music and enjoyed some barbecue chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs.

The highlight of the day was the rubber duck race. More than 1,100 tickets were purchased for a chance to win the $1,300 in prize money.

The first and second ducks to cross the finish line belonged to Jan Greer who collected a $1,000 first prize and $200 for second.

Helen and Jerry Kilby’s duck came in third, earning them $100.

The Lion’s Club uses proceeds from the event to help the blind and visually impaired. They also use the event as a way to give back to the community.

Admission and parking are free and the carnival games were free for children. The only cost is for individuals wishing to purchase something to eat or buy an item from a vendor. Adults could also participate in games for a nominal fee.

Warren Miller of the club said they enjoy hosting the event and giving folks an opportunity to come out and enjoy the day without spending any, or very little, money.

For more information about the club or their activities, contact the club’s president, Emily Parsons, at (336) 977-8651, Barry Hass at (336) 977-2157 or Miller at (336) 384-4502.

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