City of Bonita Springs readies for RiverFest and Autumn Celebration


BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2013) – Autumn has arrived in Bonita Springs as planning for the 7th annual RiverFest gets underway. Hosted by the City of Bonita Springs, the downtown celebration will take place on Oct. 19 beginning with race registration at 9:15 a.m. and a series of events taking place throughout the day.

The festivities include the Imperial River Challenge featuring canoe, kayak, K-1, surf ski and stand up paddleboard races, the annual rubber duck race and the traditional mullet fish fry. Other highlights include live musical entertainment from the Rachel/Hughes Band, a corn hole competition and a pumpkin-decorating contest. Children will enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo and more.

The schedule of events is as follows:
9:15 a.m. Race registration
10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for Launch area
10:15 a.m. Imperial River Challenge Race begins
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children’s activities
1 p.m. Duck Race
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Live Musical Entertainment
1:30 p.m. Awards Announced
4:00 p.m. Traditional Florida Mullet Fish Fry
5:00 p.m. Cornhole Contest
4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Rachel Hughes Band

In keeping with RiverFest’s mission of eco-tourism and sustainability, proceeds from RiverFest will once again benefit the Waterways Conservation Fund.

Limited tickets for the mullet fish fry are available at City Hall in Bonita Springs for the cost of $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To register for the Imperial River Challenge, “adopt” a duck or for more information about RiverFest, contact the City of Bonita Springs 239.949.6262 or visit

For more information, visit or call (239) 949-6262.

About RiverFest
This will be the second year that the City of Bonita Springs has hosted RiverFest. The celebration takes place on Oct. 19 at the Liles Hotel Plaza near the Imperial River at Riverside Park in the historic, downtown district of Bonita Springs on Old U.S. 41 and Pennsylvania Avenue. Admission to Riverfest is free to the entire community. Food and beverages will be available for purchase with proceeds donated to the Bonita Springs Waterways Conservation Fund.