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River Fest brings recreational activities to the Kennebec Gorge Featured

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SKOWHEGAN - The town of Skowhegan is celebrating its annual River Fest this week but this year's theme is tied to something bigger.

River Fest isn't just a great place for people to come out and socialize. It also provides a great place to enjoy water sports. This year the town is showcasing the Kennebec River Gorge, the future home of the white-water recreational area.

 

"We're really excited to bring people into town and show them what our river is all about and how we plan to use it as a natural asset in the town of Skowhegan," said Kristina Cannon, the executive director of Main Street Skowhegan. 

 

The festival runs all week and has something for everyone, including fireworks. Each night it features something related to the water.

 

"I think it's great that we're using the river to be an asset than an after thought," said Matthew DuBois, the owner of The Bankery. 

 

Skowhegan is one the unique communities that has a river going through it's downtown. By doing events that cater towards the river, it could help the local economy.

 

"River Fest certainly highlights what we're looking to do in our area," said Christine Almand, the town manager, "Which is a going to be a complete economic boom to our area."

 

"With more businesses comes more jobs and I think all areas in Maine need more jobs," said DuBois. 

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