A previous River Ruckus. (Photograph courtesy of Team Haverhill.)
Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus takes place Saturday, from noon to 8:30 p.m., beginning with a classic car show and ending with a fireworks display over the Merrimack River.
In between, events include Zumba high-energy dance; a “Kids Zone” with games, contests, arts and crafts, among other things; a beer and wine garden; “A Taste of Haverhill,” featuring food from local restaurants and vendors; Haverhill Art Market; live concerts; and a 50/50 cash raffle.
All events take place at Riverfront Park in Haverhill’s Riverfront Cultural District and Washington Street. Washington Street will be closed to all traffic from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Band performances include Gretchen & The Pickpockets, Seth Wonkka, Brad Byrd, Amy & The Engine, Ruby Rose Fox and The Alternate Routes.
Participating food vendors include The Chicken Connection, Carter’s Ice Cream, Casa Blanca restaurant, Haverhill Beef, Kona Ice, Hobbsies, SoulFire and Your Place and Ours.
River Ruckus was conceived during Team Haverhill’s “Possible Dreams” meeting during January, 2009, as a “dream of bringing the community together for a day of family fun along the Riverwalk and the Riverfront Cultural District, to boost the local economy and to boast about what Haverhill has to offer,” according to Team Haverhill. It has taken place every year since except for 2012.
|12:00 – 3:00 pm||Classic Car Show Sponsored by Haverhill Bank | Washington Street|
|12:00 – 12:30 pm||Zumba Fun and high-energy dance for everyone! Sponsored by the Haverhill YMCA | Riverfront Stage|
|12:00 – 4:00 pm||Kids Zone Bouncy House, Face Painting, Games, Sidewalk Chalk Art, Balloon Artist, Arts & Crafts, and more! Sponsored by MedExpress | Gazebo Area|
|12:00 – 8:00 pm||Beer & Wine Garden Featuring Harpoon crafted beer and served by Butlers & Bars. Sponsored by Team Haverhill | Riverfront Park|
|12:00 – 8:00 pm||A Taste of Haverhill Food for sale by local restaurants & vendors | Riverfront Park|
|12:00 – 6:00 pm||Haverhill Art Market A juried marketplace showcasing the work of regional artists | 90 Washington Street|
|1:00 – 7:45 pm||Live Music Great live performances brought to you by 92.5 The River. See the Band Line-up for set times | Riverfront Stage|
|2:00 – 7:50 pm||50/50 Cash Prize Raffle 1 ticket/$5 – 3 tickets/$10 – 10 tickets/$20 One cash prize winner, splitting with Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus | The Team Haverhill Booth in Riverfront Park|
|8:00 – 8:30 pm||Fireworks Spectacular A spectacular Fireworks display over the Merrimack River
Sponsored by New York Life. | RiverWalk and Riverfront Park