HISTORIC ST. MARY’S CITY, MD – Community members might need to bring extra clothing and white shoes if they want to wade in the river at RiverFest Sept. 24.

Hosted by the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association, this family friendly event is free to the community and starts at 11 a.m. rain or shine. The Wade-In with Senator Bernie Fowler starts at 1:30 p.m., said event organizers.

Along with wading in the river, community members will have the chance to hear live performances from groups and artists such as the Chesapeake Public Charter School Chorus, Don Kenefick, Indian Summer, Bushwood Mill Band, and various St. Mary’s College groups.

If event goers are bold enough, they can take a chance and stand next to osprey, owls, raptors and other birds of prey as Liz Smith hosts Raptor’s Eye, where the birds’ habits and habitats will be discussed. The SEAC, SMRP, and Tech Center are also hosting “Touch Tanks,” featuring Oscar, the terrapin.

If event goers want to learn more about what living in Maryland was like during the Colonial Era, the Historic St. Mary’s City Museum is offering free admission and full museum access to event goers.

Aside from the exhibits and demonstrations, community members can enjoy activities such as kayaking, boat rides, seining, oyster tonging, face painting and pumpkin painting. Crafts and artwork will also be available to learn about and purchase.

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