RiverFest 2011: Red, White & Que will not be near the river this year, but it will go on.
Megan Lucas, president of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, said the city's barbecue competition and music festival will celebrate its 10th year July 15-16 at Bellevue University instead of Haworth Park.
The festival, which draws more than 40,000 people to the riverfront park, was forced out of Haworth because of flooding.
RiverFest was canceled last year because of flooding.
Lucas said it was vital to relocate the festival this year.
“It's important to the community and to the longevity of the festival to have an alternative location,” Lucas said. “We had a lot of community outcry not to cancel two years in a row.”
The event will be on the hilltop at Bellevue University, one of the highest points in the city, Lucas said.
She said the location is easily accessible and has the space to accommodate the festival.
The event will go on as planned, including live music, the Pancake Man, KidZone, a 5K fun run, a car show and other activities.
However, the fireworks display remains in question. Lucas said officials are still working on logistics and safety issues that they face with the new location.
Lucas said relocating the festival has increased the event's expenses by 12 percent and that the Chamber of Commerce is still seeking donations and sponsors to help out.
Admission still will be a $1 donation at the gate.
Though Lucas said she's excited that the festival will go on, she said: “RiverFest belongs at Haworth Park, and we are hoping next year it will be on the river.”
A complete festival schedule can be found at www.BellevueNebraska.com.
For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce at 402-898-3000.
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