A downpour and then scattered rain throughout the day left the 17th annual Huron Riverfest a little soggy.
Festivities Saturday kicked off with the Huron Tigers/Eagles 5k run and was followed by the Huron Lions Club Riverfest Parade at 11 a.m. The parade continued through the downpour although some watching on the sidelines took shelter elsewhere.
Huron firefighters, near the front of the parade, said they were able to gather about $600 in donations in their “Fill-the-Boot” fundraiser. Proceeds go toward the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Following the parade a presentation was scheduled to commend those involved with Riverfest planning on behalf of Ohio Sen. Mark Wagoner.
A classic car show Saturday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot, the first for the Riverfest, had 12 registered cars. That number was lower than expected, said William Biddle, the show’s organizer.
“I was expecting to fill the lot,” he said. “But with the car people and car shows, any sign of rain and they won’t come out. There are some die-hards; you never know what to expect.”
One of those die-hards was Jim Dillon, of Columbus, who said he has family in Huron.
“Once it (the storm) kind of passed by and cleared up we thought we’d come by,” he said.
Dillon was polishing his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle as the sun tried to peek through clouds Saturday afternoon.
“We restored it out of a police impound and have had it ever since,” he said of the vehicle he’s owned for about 20 years. “We just kind of came to support the effort.”
A handful of food stands and children’s rides have set up shop for the Riverfest. There is also a tarot card reading booth, mini golf and games.
Quilters, from St. Peter’s Church in Huron, manned a booth with a 50/50 raffle to win a queen-size handmade quilt.
“People scattered (after the rain) and so it kind of dampened the festival,” said one of the quilters, Pat Basilone.
Raffle proceeds go toward supplies to make quilts for newly baptized babies at the church, Basilone said.
A live performance by “Wally & The Beaves” was slated to round out Saturday night activities. Riverfest continues today.
Want to go?
2008 Huron Riverfest
• Where: Downtown at the Huron River Basin
• When: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today
• Events: Pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., midway opens at 11 a.m., Huron High School Cheerleaders 1 p.m., children’s games 2 p.m., “Frank & Dean and Then Some” take the amphitheater stage at 2:30 p.m. and St. Peter’s Church Duck Race at 5:30 p.m.