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Massive crowd at Seafood & Beer Festival

Festival headliner Klymaxx woos crowd

Photo by Elaine Rackley
Klymaxx ignited the crowd with some of their hit sings from the 80’s such as “The Men All Pause,” “Meeting in the Ladies Room” and “I Miss You.” The all-female group were the headliners for the Seafood & Beerfest.

Photo by Elaine Rackley Klymaxx ignited the crowd with some of their hit sings from the 80’s such as “The Men All Pause,” “Meeting in the Ladies Room” and “I Miss You.” The all-female group were the headliners for the Seafood & Beerfest.

RIVERDALE — “He has a very nice voice,” said former WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson, about singer Noel Gourdin, as she spoke with Riverdale Mayor Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon.

Pearson and Wynn-Dixon were among thousands in attendance for the Seafood & Beer Festival held Saturday at Riverdale Town Center, located at 7200 Church Street in Riverdale. Pearson and Wynn-Dixon have been friends for more than 30 years. They met when Mayor Wynn-Dixon was a nurse administering shots to Pearson’s daughter.

“The mayor is an example of how you do not know all of the skills a person has,” said Pearson. “She was a nurse and now she is a mayor.”

The city of Riverdale partnered with Kiss 104.1 FM to host the event, which featured live entertainment including Gourdin and headliner recording artist Klymaxx. The women shared an amphitheater front row table with Pearson’s husband, Hoganville Asst. Police Chief John E. Pearson Sr., and Riverdale City councilman An’Cel Davis.

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Photo by Elaine Rackley The Mayor of Riverdale Dr. Evelyn Wynn-Dixon (left) was joined by former WSB-TV news anchor Monica Pearson and her husband, Hoganville Asst. Police Chief John Pearson Sr., for the Riverdale Seafood and Beerfest.

“We heard about this on the radio and decided to come over and it was the best decision I ever made,” said Monica Pearson. “Great food, unbelievable entertainment and I love that the city does this all at a cost of $5. We live in Jonesboro, and this is the kind of entertainment we thought was only available in North Atlanta. This is a well kept secret, we will be back next year.”

Klymaxx, an all-female Pop/R&B band performed many of their hits from the 80’s “The Men All Pause,” “Meeting in the Ladies Room” and “I Miss You.” The group also did a special tribute to Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer.

“I am enjoying this! I wanted to be here so bad I came by myself,” said Glory Pommells of Stone Mountain. “The atmosphere here is comfortable and friendly. I especially wanted to see Klymaxx.”

A variety of seafood and beer was available during the festival. Youngsters scurried to the Kidzone to partake in games, inflatables and rides. Others strolled from vendor to vendor checking out jewelry, arts and crafts.

Riverdale resident Nikki Taylor said last year the Seafood & Beer Festival had more vendors, but this year’s entertainment was much better.

“This is nice for Riverdale, because we’ve never had anything like this until last year,” said Taylor.

Davis said the event exemplifies everything the city is trying to accomplish daily by building greatness.

“This goes beyond the imagination for the southside,” said Davis. “This takes more than just the mayor and council but the whole city working together as a team.”