Riverside sings the blues
RIVERSIDE—Whether or not Riverside has another Riverboat Blues Fest has yet to be determined. However, several people are happy at how things went on Saturday, May 18.
“I think it went very well,” said Riverside city administrator Rusty Rogerson. “I couldn’t estimate how many people attended, but I’ve heard a lot of comments about how much people liked it.”
Rogerson said there were several parents and grandparents who liked the kids’ area at the festival, which offered inflatable rides and face painting as some of the activities.
“They were happy they had something to do to kick off the summer with their kids and grandkids,” he said.
Rogerson would like to have another blues fest next year but said that is up to the city council.
Riverside city councilor Kevin Kiene was in attendance at the festival. He said he enjoyed it.
“I thought it was well organized,” Kiene said. “Both Rusty (Rogerson) and Lory (Young) did a good job in organizing the event. The city staff also did a lot of work putting the festival together.”
When asked if he would like to see another blues festival in Riverside, Kiene said yes.
Riverside Mayor Bill Poch would like to see the blues fest return next year.
“I thought the day was a success,” he said. “But how do you gauge success? Does it mean you have to make money for it to be successful? I don’t know. I just heard a number of times from people that they enjoyed it.”
One thing Poch heard a lot about was the inflatable rides.
“They were pretty well received,” he said.
Poch also thought the three bands that played at the festival were great.
He said he had a chance to speak to Bob Dorr and the Blues Band after they played..
“I know Bob Dorr (and the Blues Band) said he would like to come back next year if we have one,” Poch said.