RiverFest comes to Bordentown Oct. 17

 RiverFest will be held next to the Yacht Club where Crosswicks Creek meets the Delaware River.  (Alan Tu/WHYY)

RiverFest will be held next to the Yacht Club where Crosswicks Creek meets the Delaware River. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

The first-ever RiverFest will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Bordentown City Beach, kicking off a fundraising effort for a much grander party to come.

Bordentown’s Hope Hose Humane Company No. 1, the second oldest all-volunteer fire company in America, is preparing for its 250th anniversary and all proceeds from RiverFest will go towards the celebrations planned for summer 2017.

They will also go towards the restoration of an 18th century hand pumper, identical to the one used in Benjamin Franklin’s Union Fire Company.

The festival boasts a beer garden with 10 craft beers on tap, including Shipyard Pumpkin, Hacker-Pschorr Octoberfest, Fruh Kolsch, Spellbound IPA and Johnny Appleseed Cider.  There will also be a selection of red and white wines for purchase.  

Fifteen local eateries will serve up varied menus, from funnel cakes to Wiener Schnitzel and steamed clams.  Attendees can also shop for gifts at a craft vendors market, while local bands, Baked Trouser Trout, Radio Fiction, Black Brant, plus a pipe and drum band provide live entertainment all day. 

For the kids, there will be a free activity zone with bounce houses, face painting and magic show.

An afterparty will be held at Hob Tavern, 146 Second St.

General admission is free, but donations are appreciated.  Beer garden tickets are $15 and include a souvenir mug and the first two brews.

Saturday, Oct. 17, noon to 10 p.m. – 100 W. Park St., Bordentown, NJ.

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