By Dave Pearce
The Mount Vernon River Days ‘came of age’ this year, in it’s sixth year. A more user-friendly set-up along with wonderful fall-like weather put the relatively new festival over the top.
One of the original organizers, Kay Kilgore, said she has trouble believing how much the festival has grown and what it has become.
“What a fantastic Mount Vernon River Days in 2013,” Kilgore said. “The community’s support this year has been overwhelming. When a small group of us were brought together six-and-a-half years ago it was with the intention of forming a one-time event to celebrate the Lincoln Flatboat coming to Mount Vernon. It didn’t take much discussion before we all decided this was something Mount Vernon needed every year and not just one time.”
Viola – Mount Vernon River Days was created, Kilgore continued. “Thank you everyone for supporting and believing in our vision. And thank you for allowing us to be your conduit in bringing our businesses, organizations, churches, and families in this wonderful community together in a way we’ve all been craving for years. You all amaze me and I’m so proud to be a part of this community.”
A huge crowd lined the streets for the big parade held on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Local McKim’s IGA manager Larry Williams was selected to be the Grand Marshal this year. He was one of the original board members of River Days.
“It’s a lot of hard work but hearing all of the comments and seeing the kids have fun made it all worthwhile,” Williams said of the event. “It truly is a joint effort.”
The event began Friday and closing ceremonies were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Mount Vernon resident Judy Whitten said, “It was a great event, well done and enjoyable. God blessed us with beautiful weather, and we are all blessed because of the work of this committee..,and most especially the very wonderful Kay and Jim Kilgore.”
But planning for next year’s event is already underway, as volunteers continue to look for a bigger and better festival.
If you would have suggestions or would like to help with the organization of next year’s event, please contact Larry Williams at McKim’s IGA at 812-838-6521.
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