The streets in downtown Anoka will be packed for the annual Anoka Riverfest and Craft Fair Saturday, July 13.
There will be pontoon boat rides on the river, festival foods, music and more than 140 artisan craft booths will be set up along Jackson Street, First and Second avenues as well as City Hall Plaza.
“There will be more of what we do really well at Riverfest,” said Peter Turok, president of the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce.
They anticipate crowds upwards of 20,000 for Riverfest.
He says the hand-crafted items that will be for sale are some of the best the fair has ever offered.
“Over the years we have worked really hard to try to get the best of the best and we’re doing that,” Turok said. All items for sale must be 100 percent handcrafted.
The entertainment district will be hopping from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music will be offered on the Main Stage on Jackson Street as well as the River Stage along the Rum River behind city hall. This is where people can go for a free pontoon ride from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Always very popular, Turok recommends you come early to catch on of the 10 pontoons that will be captained by local volunteers. The ride line-up is typically cut off at 1:40 p.m.
“This is really big for Anoka and the region because we bring people in from all over the Twin Cities and the state,” Turok said. “It’s all about the 364 days after Riverfest. We want people to discover Anoka and the region as they’re driving through it and come back.”
This is a busy month for the chamber of commerce, which also hosts the annual golf tournament and sidewalk sale in July.
“This is supposed to put us on the map and by the way the phone is ringing, we’re definitely on the map,” Turok said.
For more visit www.anokariverfest.com.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at firstname.lastname@example.org