Photo by Heather Middleton
By Jeylin White
The City of Riverdale will try something new Labor Day weekend, launching its first "Seafood and Beer Fest," according to Cie Cie McGhee, the city's marketing and events specialist.
The event will be free and open to the public.
"The community is in great expectation for the event," said McGhee.
Festivities are slated for Sept. 3, from noon to 11 p.m., at the Amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Center.
The city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services, along with Lonnie Ballard, who heads the department, are responsible for spear-heading the event, said McGhee.
Many of the arrangements and details are still being worked out, she added, but there is a "pretty good" idea of what the event will feature.
"There will be live entertainment, great food, a kids' play area, food and merchandise vendors, and a fireworks show, to [culminate] the event," said McGhee.
Since the primary theme is "seafood," she said, there will be a lobster derby race, in which people will pick out a lobster, and all of the selected lobsters will race to a finish line.
"We're still working on what the grand prize will be for the lobster that wins the race," she said.
To spread the word about the "Seafood and Beer Fest," McGhee said, the event will be advertised on KISS 104.1 FM Radio, and also posted on the city's web site -- www.riverdalega.gov.
As plans are finalized, the city will post updates and send out public notices, according to McGhee.
Since this is the first "Seafood and Beer Fest" in Riverdale, McGhee said she is expecting a big turnout from the community. "We're expecting 5000-plus to attend the event."
She added that the goal is to have pretty concrete plans for the event by the middle of August, which would include information on entertainment and performers, vendors, and sponsors.
City officials are still soliciting for vendors and sponsors, McGhee said, and those who are interested, can contact Cie Cie McGhee, at (770) 909-5300, for more information.
"We want to show people how we do things on this side of town," said McGhee, "and we want to continue to bring great, quality events to the City of Riverdale, as we have all year long."