Letter: Riverfest co-chairs thankful for city's support

It is with extreme gratitude that we, the co-chairs of Riverfest, extend this note of thanks.

This year was the 17th annual Riverfest. We decided to use the entire walking path, create six performance stages and incorporate the history of the town with the budding arts district. This was all seated in celebration of the long-standing entrepreneurial standard that has made Laurel quite literally the source of the fabric of adventure for over 100 years.

The city was so generous in working with this committee. We were in direct contact with everyone from having the event appear on digital signs to being given a viable and legitimate web presence on the city's site even as we at the Board of Trade were upgrading our own. Public Works put in a long day in the rain. They provided every necessary production need from chairs to tables to platforms to taking out the trash. Once again, Park and Rec was there (this time in the pouring rain) driving the signature hayride.

Even though rains showered on us throughout the event, the attendance was better this year than last. We can only attribute the success of the 17th annual Riverfest to the positive collaboration of so many entities of which the city and Public Works were the central organizational support system.

Thank you for allowing us to celebrate: autumn on the river; performing arts; small business; and the history and tradition that makes this town wonderful!

We look forward to next year.

Michelle Arsenault and Deborah Randall

Laurel Board of Trade

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