2015 – Jim Fornoff retired from the Board and his replacement from the Lion’s Club is Sally Porter. Also resigning from the Board was Becky Gaines. Both Becky and Jim will be missed by the Board. Markus Dennis was added as an at-Large member.
Leah Jacobs from Eastern Hancock High School received the Community Award Scholarship.
The theme poem this year is “The Raggedy Man”.
Board Officers are: Anthony Scott, President; Anita Turner, Vice President; David Berard, Treasurer; Nancy Alldredge, Secretary; Dee Carmichael, Past President and Tom Billings, General Chairman.
Ashley Fritz, from Mount Vernon High School was crowned the 2015 Riley Festival Queen at the pageant on September 13, 2015. Ellie Roberts was named the Princess.
The Wright Brothers were the opening act in the GBC Entertainment Tent on Thursday evening. The tent was full of fans of the Wright Brothers.
We moved the Little Miss/Little Mr. Contest to Friday evening so the winners could ride in the parade on Saturday. The Little Miss was Jianna Jensen and Little Mr. was Ram Myers for 2015.
New this year was a zipline in the Fun Zone. USA Insulation, a new sponsor, agreed to sponsor the zipline. It was a success as there were often lines of people wanting to ride the zipline.
NineStar Connect has a cable station and they contacted the Festival about filming a 30 minute show that would run several times before the start of the Festival. They filmed Tom Billings, General Chairman; Mary Ann Suirek, a quilter; Michael Florek, Old Fiddler’s former winner; and John Riefel, a vendor/artist.