Newly-named festival to include bazaar, live music and more

HERSEY – The small town of Hersey will be bustling with happenings when the newly-named River Town Festival makes its debut on Aug. 10 and 11. The festival will kickoff with a co-ed softball tournament at 8 p.m. on Aug. 10 at David’s Field at the Hersey Ballpark. The tournament will be played under the field’s lights as it gets dark and will continue into early morning the next day. Also at 8 p.m., country music band Jodi and the South’rn Cross will perform at River Junction Bar and Restaurant. A Bazaar at Hersey’s Mosaic Park will be open at 8 a.m. on Aug. 11 to flea, craft and farmers market vendors. Local yard sellers who wish to bring their yard sale to a centralized location also are welcome. A pancake-eating contest will be held at 9 a.m. Participants will be given 15 pancakes and three minutes to eat as many of them as possible. A chicken barbecue will be held at noon at the Hersey United Methodist Church. A parade will also be held at noon on Main Street and children’s games at the church will commence at 1 p.m. A performance by Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys will round out the festival at 9 p.m. on Aug. 11 at River Junction Bar and Restaurant. More information for each event is available at
. Volunteers are needed to help run the festival. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Ernie Clark at (231) 912-1991.