Riverfest Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Dock

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Riverfest drew a large crowd Saturday at the B&O Station.

Friends of the Mahoning River organized the festival, which is in its second year.

Organizers said the city of Youngstown gave it an $1,800 grant to expand it this year, allowing for tents and slides for kids.

There was also a special ribbon cutting ceremony for a refurbished dock at the festival.

Youngstown City Council member, Ann Gillam, cut the ribbon for the new dock, which belongs to the city of Youngstown.

The dock was in pretty bad shape before some of the members of the the Friends of the Mahoning River started working on it, completely repairing it.

Omega Door company donated all the wood for the project.

“The guys that did this did a design so that even somebody by themselves can actually get into their canoe or kayak from this dock or get out, so  it’s got a really neat design,” said Friends of the Mahoning River president Patricia Natali.

Gilliam got to try out the dock before taking a cruise on the river.

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