Soldiers, Families Enjoy Riverfest

Soldiers, Families Enjoy Riverfest

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The people walking the streets of Alexandria Bay are all Fort Drum soldiers and their families, enjoying some time together at Riverfest.

"It's to engage our soldiers and families to kind of distract them from all the training and all the war fighting that they do and give them some down time which they so deserve in defending our nation's freedoms," said Harold Greer, Fort Drum's MWR director.

Riverfest is the kick off to Mountainfest - a week long celebration for Fort Drum soldiers.

Riverfest gives the soldiers and their families a chance to have some fun and explore Alexandria Bay.

They can ride on an Uncle Sam's Boat to tour the Thousand Islands and Boldt Castle or stay on land to enjoy rock climbing or hop around in a bounce house.

This is Tim McLendon and his family's second time at Riverfest. He says he loves being able to go somewhere with so many things to see and do.

"Get out and enjoy the community around Fort Drum you know there's not a lot stuff do on Fort Drum so getting off it for something military related is pretty cool," he said.

Having the day off and leaving their responsibilities on post is what makes Riverfest worthwhile to these soldiers.

"It's a chance to relax and take your mind off the normal duties and responsibilities, but at the same time just gives a chance to get along and see a different side," said James Stubbings, who was enjoying his second year at Riverfest.

Even though the fun on the river has to end, Mountainfest celebrations continue. A summer concert on the Army post is set for June 21.

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