Sunday, September 02, 2001

Spectators guide to Riverfest

The basics

        • What: Third Federal Riverfest 2001 and the Toyota/WEBN fireworks.
        • Where: Along the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Newport and Covington.
        • When: Today, noon until conclusion of fireworks, which begin at 9:05 p.m.
        • Admission: Free.
        • Information: (513) 749-3764,;

Street closings and access

        Both Metro and the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) will operate regular Sunday schedules and routes.
        Metro's Riverfest Express will provide service to downtown drop-off points from four locations:
        • Anderson Township Park & Ride/Beechmont Mall.
        • Raymond Walters College.
        • General Electric.
        • Western Hills Plaza.
        Buses will leave the park and ride locations from 2-6 p.m. Buses will drop riders off at one of four locations downtown, two of which are almost a mile from the event site.
        TANK buses, starting at 4 p.m., leave every 20-30 minutes from:
        • NKU lot G.
        • Buttermilk Park & Ride.
        • Florence Bigg's.
        Passengers boarding at NKU will be dropped off in Newport only. Passengers on buses from the other two sites will be dropped off at Court and Third streets in Covington only.

Riverfest live entertainment

        • P&G Pavilion at Sawyer Point
        12:30-1:30 p.m.: Guitar Center Band Winner
        2-3 p.m.: This Years Fad
        3:30-4:30 p.m.: Thistle
        4:30-5 p.m.: Frisch's Frisbee Dog Show
        5-6 p.m.: Promenade
        6-6:30 p.m.: Frisch's Frisbee Dog Show
        6:30-8 p.m.: Bliss 66
        • Lower Serpentine Wall Stage
        1-2 p.m.: Theo
        2:30-3:30 p.m.: Bill Who?
        3 p.m.: Rubber Duck Regatta, benefiting the FreeStore/FoodBank
        4-5 p.m.: Big Johnson Brothers featuring the Rhumba Girls
        5:30-6:30 p.m.: Inferno
        7-8 p.m.: Leap Skyward
        9:35-10:30 p.m.: Leap Skyward
        • Newport
        Noon: The Mad Hornets
        1:45 p.m.: Slyngshot Harry
        3:30 p.m.: High Street Rhythm Rockers
        5:30 p.m.: Iswhat
        7:30 p.m.: Leroy Ellington's E-Funk Band

Boating safety considerations

        The U.S. Coast Guard reminds boaters:
        • The Ohio River between the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge (I-471) and the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge will be closed to all river traffic between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
        • There's a “no wake” zone in effect from 4 p.m. to midnight from Schmidt Field boat ramp (three miles upriver from downtown) to the Southern Railroad bridge (two miles downriver from downtown). The zone includes the Licking River from mile 0.0 to 5.0.
        • Anchorage areas have been designated for pleasure boaters to view the fireworks. White buoys with an orange stripe will border these areas. The boundaries will be enforced.
        • Navigation light laws after sunset and prohibitions against improper use of marine radios and operating under the influence of alcohol will be strictly enforced.
        • Vessels are prohibited from mooring or anchoring along the Ohio side of the river between the Suspension Bridge and the Showboat Majestic unless permitted by the U.S. Coast Guard.
        • The Ohio River will be closed to commercial tow traffic from the I-275 bridge (river mile 462) to Anderson Ferry (river mile 477.6) from 4 p.m. until midnight.

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