RIVERFest 2013: Huge Momentum for Swimmin' By
THANK YOU to everyone who turned out for by far our biggest Lafayette
RIVERFest yet on Saturday April 27, 2013.
- Ayme Becnel of Norfolk, a new River Star Home, won the drawing for the
stand up paddleboard donated by Michael Dolsey Designs
- Attendance of 3000+ means the festival has doubled since we and many
partners, led by City of Nofolk, started Lafayette RiverFest in 2011
- Elizabeth River Project exceeded our goal of signing up 200 new River
Star Homes, signing up 227 (total River Star Homes, committed to 7 easy
steps to help the river, now exceeds 1500)
- A 13-year-old pug nose named Isabel won Canine Crusader for Clean
Waterways through a Facebook contest with City of Norfolk
- Student-painted rain barrels sold out - all 17 of them, painted with a
river theme by Norfolk Public Schools
"Keep up this high energy until next year's RiverFest, and I am sure we
will all be swimming," said Marjorie Mayfield Jackson, Executive
Director, Elizabeth River Project.
The Elizabeth River Project is coordinating community-wide efforts to
make the Lafayette the first branch of the Elizabeth to be safe for
swimming and eating oysters. Scientists at the festival's Science Dome
presented a scorecard with the Lafayette getting all C's except for one
B for 2013 data findings.