This Music Festival started in 2002, with a vision that Mr. Tom Majerek had of bringing local, regional and national touring Bluegrass musicians to Niles, for everyone to enjoy... with FREE ADMISSION. A couple of years later, Tom brought in some Food Vendors (to help offset the cost of the Musicians), several years later and since it was for the Community, he brought in some "Arts & Crafts" vendors.
He has always been for the Community and the City of Niles. He shared his Dream with Optimist International (as he was a member of another Optimist Group) and they governed Tom Majerek a Chapter, The Niles Riverfront Optimist Club / Chapter #17493 of Optimist International. Since he loves this Community and ALWAYS wants to share Music with everyone, The Niles Riverfront Optimist Clubvoted on creating a "Fundraiser", to help offset the cost of running this Festival and also educating area youth with this genre of Music.
15 years later, there still is FREE ADMISSION, still have local/regional and Grammy nominated Groups performing in the Amphitheater with hillside seating (located in Downtown Niles at the beautiful Riverfront Park), still have Food Vendors, still have "Arts & Crafts" and The Niles Riverfront Optimist Club has added an 18 ride Carnival in addition to creating a true Family type environment... "The Kids Zone" Family Fun Area, Petting Zoo, Pony and Camel rides, Kids "Arts & Crafts" area, Kids entertainment Stage.
So there is something for everyone! Every year, we see an increase in attendance, and increase in smiles (which creates memories) and a new generation enjoying Bluegrass / Americana / Folk music.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- 55 Bar B Q -
- The Pretzel Wagon -
- Richie's, the Place to Eat -
Berry Patch Ice Cream
- Bodacious Concessions -
Authentic Mexican Cooking
- El Amigo Pepe -
Sweet to eat Pastries
- Heaven Help Us Pastries -
- Ridgedale Christian Ministries -
Authentic Cajun Cooking
- Bayou Billy -
Beef Tips - potatoes, onions & mushrooms
- The Pickle Barrel -
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Unique and Unusual Pieces / Upcycle / Recycle
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