Sunday, September 5, 2004

How to prepare for
a pleasant Riverfest visit

Festival at noon, fireworks at dusk

By Ari Bloomekatz
and Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writers

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Leave your umbrellas at home, but dress for warm and muggy weather if you're headed downtown today for the annual oohs and aaahs of Riverfest.

Rain is not expected today, and temperatures will be in the upper 80s, said Robin Gerhardt, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

A few other tips to keep in mind if you are among the hundreds of thousands of people going to Riverfest:

When it starts: Riverfest begins at noon, and fireworks start shortly after 9 p.m. Both events are free.

Where it is: Entertainment floods both sides of the river, with carnival games and concerts at Sawyer Point, the Lower Serpentine Wall Stage at Yeatman's Cove and in Covington.

How to get there: Metro and Tank will offer shuttles to and from Riverfest. Drive to one of the seven park-and-ride locations (four in Ohio, and three in Northern Kentucky).

Bring exact change: Metro Riverfest Express is $4 round-trip, and drivers do not make change or accept bills larger than $10. Shuttles begin at 2 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. Return trips immediately after fireworks end.

For more information, call MetroCenter at (513) 621-4455from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

If I need help: Two reserved parking lots are available for those with disabilities, on a first-come, first-served basis: The lot at Bicentennial Commons/Sawyer Point and the East Garage next to the U.S. Bank Arena. Viewing areas for the disabled are available at The Kroger Promenade at Bicentennial Commons at Sawyer Point and next to Paddlewheel Park overlooking the Public Landing.

Leave at home: No beverages - except infant drinks and liquids for medicines - are allowed. No coolers, grills, household furnishings, bicycles, skateboards, Rollerblades, scooters, pets (except guide animals) or umbrellas.

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