By Josh Moniz
NEW ULM The 2012 Riverblast Free Cultural Event and Festival wrapped up its two days of fun activities Saturday with a solid turnout for the event and musical performance well into the night.
Staff photo by Josh Moniz
Several of the attendees at the 2012 Riverblast took advantage of the location to get some fishing in on the Minnesota River.
The two-day event mixed casual fun, like musical performance and beer, with educational elements about the Minnesota River.
The unofficial attendance totals for the end of the event put the crowds at over 400 people throughout the event. Within that total, this year save approximately 70 people camping out overnight at Riverside Park, the site of the event.
Throughout the day Saturday, attendees participated in a variety of food, music and fishing fun on the Riverside Park grounds. Numerous people took advantage of the nearby Minnesota River for fishing or wading in the water. Reports from the fishermen indicated that fishing was slow over the event with the ongoing heat attributed as the cause. Other attendees spent all day enjoy a diversity of music that ran the gamut from local favorites like the Bockfest Boys to rock-and-blues bands like Smokehouse, which closed out of the last night.
On the education side, the Regional River History & Information Center was open throughout the event. River-related exhibits were on display, including several from the River Ranger Program.
Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River president Kim Olson said his organization was pleased with how this year's Riverfest turned out and how much people enjoyed themselves. He said the music concerts on each night was one of the biggest draws for people during the event. He said that everybody else enjoyed the day long activities they could use to socialize with each other.
"It's been really great this year," said Olson.
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