Save the dates
From humble beginnings the Riverview Summerfest has grown into one of the featured events on Downriver’s summer calendar.
The three-day spectacular features everything from carnival food and rides to concerts and kayaks and even helicopter rides.
The 2019 Summerfest runs Friday, June 14, Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at Young Patriots Park and there is something for festival-goers of all ages.
The rides and midway are provided by Wade Shows. Wade Shows was founded in 1912 by Lee Wade. For over 100 years, Wade Shows has been the leader in bringing affordable family entertainment to the people of Michigan and as the company has grown carnival fans throughout the country.
As the company has expanded, it has continued this tradition with our customers throughout the country.
Wade Shows now owns over 100 amusement rides and attractions and services over 15 million people each year. Wade Shows plays more state fairs than any other carnival in history.
Wade Shows also works with many large county and regional fairs as well as city and civic sponsored events. One of America’’s premier carnival companies, Wade is consistently ranked as one of the top five amusement companies in the country.
Wade is also the greenest carnival on the road today. The company has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on initiatives such as replacing the lighting on our rides with LED lighting, purchasing the most fuel-efficient generators available, using bio-diesel when available for our power plants and initiating midway recycling programs with our fair partners.
Wade’s goals are to provide the most thrilling rides, top safety and employee training, the best customer service amenities and the greenest possible company to our fairs and events.
Here are the events scheduled for each day:
Summerfest begins at 4 p.m. with the opening of the Wade Shows carnival rides and the midway, the opening of craft and community booths and the opening of the Riverside Kayaks booth. The midway runs until 11:30 p.m., the crafters until 9 and the kayakers until 8.
Also on Friday evening, enjoy Children’s Pony Ranch and Petting Zoo from from 5-9 p,m.; a classic car show from 5-11 p.m.; Intrepid Helicopter Rides from 5-9 p.m.; and Carey Ann’s Clown Caravan Face Painting and Balloons from 7-10 p.m.
The helicopter rides are five minutes in duration and cost $40. Music begins at 7 p.m. when Mob Opera hits the stage, followed at 9 by Riverview’s own Ray Street Park.
At 10 p.m. the highlight of the weekend happens as the fireworks shoot from the top of the Land Preserve. Riverview’s fireworks are generally considered the best in the area because of the height from which they are launched and because Riverview is able to use larger pyrotechnic shells than most other surrounding communities.
A full day of fun begins with the opening of the carnival and the craft and community booths at noon. Also at noon, the Riverview High School and Seitz Middle School bands will perform and the Kayak Connection and helicopter rides will reopen. Also, Carousel Acres Petting Farm and Pony Rides will made an appearance.
The beer tent opens at 1 p.m. and the Riverview Has Talent Show runs from 1-2 p.m.
Throughout the afternoon and evening, the Riverview Fire Department and the Riverview Police Department, with police dog Reno, will be on hand to meet and greet fair-goers.
The cardboard Boat Races happen at 4 p.m. and the Tug of War is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Meet superheroes Deadpool, Spiderman, Robin and others and watch their stunt show from 5-6 p.m. The superheroes are followed by Medieval Fire and show from 6-7 p.m.
The Summit 5K Run up the hill at Riverview Highlands happens at 7 p.m. and you can finish the night rocking out to the sounds of Atomic Radio from 7-11 p.m.
Two of the most family friendly parts of Summerfest kickoff Sunday with the Fishing Derby at 10:30 a.m. and the Rosco the Clown show at 12:30 p.m.
Kirk Rocks plays music from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and the carnival rides and midway are open from 1-6 p.m.
Summerfest is brought to you by title sponsor Ceaser Capital Management, along woth other sponsors: Beaumont, Belle Fountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, C. E. Raines Co., DTE Foundation, Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C., Rivergate Health Care Center, W. F. Whelan Co., Carl’s Roofing, Carlise Wortman Associates, Colonial Village Cooperative, Concessi’s Inc., Daly Merritt Insurance, Deanna Boone State Farm, Power Home Remodeling, Riverview Towing, Siegel Chiropractic, Solo World Partners and The Bellaire Senior Living.