Floatin’ Fun

22nd annual festival hosts great food and entertainment


LOCKPORT–The 22nd annual riverfest provided a myriad of entertainment this past weekend. What began on Thursday as food and live music, turned into a fun time for all families. The highlights of the weekend included the annual Lynne Ramm Memorial Cardboard Boat Race, the Duck Derby, and the Saturday night fireworks.

On Saturday around noon, teams who had entered the cardboard boat race headed down to the Susquehanna River to race. Competitors were allowed to participate in several different categories depending on their age and number of crew members in the boat.

The only rule for the race; the boats had to be made entirely out of cardboard.

Groups such as the Cub Scout Pack #66 came, as well as individual families who had wanted to participate against other family members. Other racers chose their own team names and the Lock Haven YMCA even put together a boat with the help of some of their employees.

The winners were as follows; 8-12 years old with 1-2 people per boat were the Junior Miss, the 8-12 years old with 3 people per boat was the Cub Scout Pack #66, the young adult ages 17-50 with 1-2 people per boat was Dave Grove, family/clubs/groups was the The Cub Scout Pack #66.

The Purple People Eater team won the award for best design for their design of Jeep shaped boat, and the Grimes Family won the award for best theme for their Pirate themed boat.

Following the cardboard boat race was the Duck Derby which accumulated over 100 participants. Contestants paid $5 for a small plastic duck with an assigned number on it, and all the ducks were dumped into the river. The first 100 ducks that reached the designated finish line won prizes.

The winner of the grand prize of $1,000 was Kevin Perry of Lock Haven. Other participants were able to win prizes as well. Some received gift cards to local businesses, while others won gift cards to businesses like Sheetz.

“The Duck Derby was a great success, and we are very pleased with how it turned out,” said Woodward Township Recreation Committee member, Jennifer Hoy.

The night was capped off with fireworks for everyone to see. Visitors to the riverfest were also able to eat from local food vendors as well as shop and play games while there.

All proceeds from the event benefited Woodward Township and are used to help keep the boat launch area running.