Kris Tjornehoj will direct the St. Croix Valley Community Band for an evening of music that celebrates the St. Croix River at the RiverFest concert on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Bandshell. Submitted photo
Kris Tjornehoj will direct the St. Croix Valley Community Band for an evening of music that celebrates the St. Croix River at the RiverFest concert on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Bandshell. Submitted photo

Submitted by Jacki Bradham, RiverFest

HUDSON, WI – The sixth annual RiverFest celebration runs July 17 - 22 in Hudson, WI, with many activities to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the St. Croix River while also recognizing the need to preserve its health and beauty.

Many popular events will be returning such as the Toonies ENVIRO-FUN puppet show on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to gather at Picnic Point, on the south end of Lakefront Park, where the Toonies will bring together viewers of all ages in environmental awareness, teamwork and fun. Learn about the many ways of reducing the amount of trash we generate. This program is presented courtesy of the City of Hudson.

The river clean-up is a core activity and the “purpose” behind RiverFest. Volunteers are welcome to join the annual river clean-up in Hudson on Tuesday, July 17 at 10 a.m. Community volunteers get out on the river bank collecting trash and work to help keep the St. Croix River clean. The trash collected during the clean-up is used by students from The Phipps “Just Add Water” class to create a new “skin” for the Scrappy sculpture, RiverFest’s mascot. Scrappy will be on display stripped down to its armature on Tuesday and will debut his new trashy “skin” at the Thursday evening band concert.

Join the RiverFest celebration at a free concert on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. at the Lakefront Park Bandshell. This musical performance features the St. Croix Valley Community Band along with the Metro Brass, under the direction of Kris Tjornehoj and Christopher Tank, with music themed around the river. Come early and visit the displays by non-profits dedicated to the environment and river awareness.

Many other RiverFest activities are scheduled during this six-day event, including Evening Prairie Hike on Wednesday; the RiverFest Nature Boat Cruise on Friday evening; Saturday’s Kids Fishing Derby, Echo the Mermaid at the Library, and a Civil War Encampment & Ice Cream Social on Sunday.

Saturday, July 21, RiverFest will host a Native American Celebration from 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. This event has been expanded this year to include a Lacrosse and Other Native American Traditional Games presentation by Dan & Susan Ninham, Ojibwe Flutist and Storyteller Jeff Chapman, Oneida Youth Smoke Dancers, Native Dancing and Singing by St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin and TRAILS Dance Troupe, Cultural Informational Booths, and Native American Art and Crafts.

RiverFest is made possible through the generous financial support of local sponsors and by numerous partner organizations and volunteers. A list of partners, sponsors and complete schedule of events is available at StCroixRiverFest.org or look for us on Facebook at Hudson St. Croix RiverFest.