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Riverfest is the annual community festival.  Held Friday, July 12th – Sunday July 14th 2024.

Riverfest commenced in 1976 as a bicentennial celebration, coinciding with the Sunday closest to the 4th of July. The festivities featured a parade led by two Monticello bands—the High School and Middle School. The parade route spanned Broadway, stretching from Pinewood to the then High School, culminating in the festivities at Ellison Park. Notably, Hubert Humphrey served as the Grand Marshal, riding in his trusty Model T Ford. The parade showcased a delightful array of antique cars.

Once the community arrived at Ellison Park, they were treated to a hearty chicken dinner courtesy of Maus Foods. The dedicated Lion members tirelessly shuttled back and forth to the store for more chicken, ensuring everyone was well-fed. As the years unfolded, the Chamber expanded the festivities to include Saturday Craft/Art in the Park. In the early days, ice cream cones were a popular treat, later replaced by offerings from various local restaurants.

Riverfest has evolved over time, weaving together community spirit, music, and culinary delights—a cherished tradition that continues to thrive!

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