2002 – Aubrey Thompson was crowned the 2002 Riley Festival Queen. “Old October” was the theme for the year.
New this year was the selling of logo items. Teddy Bears wearing red Riley Festival shirts sold for $7 each and umbrellas were also sold.
Sarah Kesterson was President of the Board of Directors. Fred and Debbie Applegate were the General Co-Chairmen of the Festival. Candace Shireman, Associate Curator of the Blair House was the keynote speaker at the Mayor’s Breakfast.
2003 – The theme for 2003 was “The Nine Little Goblins”. Sarah Summers was crowned the 2003 Riley Festival Queen.
The Riley Festival was one of several nonprofit groups that received a grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation. The money was used to update the technology enhancement for our computer by purchasing a multi-media projector, multi-media color scanner and software.
New red Riley Festival banners were purchased to replace the old green and white banners. Jack Shamblin was the General Chairman and Sarah Kesterson was the President of the Board of Directors. Bango Buddies was the opening entertainment in the Greenfield Banking Company Entertainment Tent.
Dick Wolfsie from WISH-TV came to the Memorial Building on Friday and broadcasted his show live from there. He also was at the Festival on Friday and Saturday selling his book and autographing copies of it as well.
The Mayor’s Breakfast featured the Riley Children’s Theater and Richard Pasco reflecting on Greenfield in 1969. The keynote speaker was Mike Edward, a Basketball Hall of Famer
2004 – Aubrey Thompson was the recipient of the Riley Festival Scholarship. The quartet of Yesterday and Today performed music from the Beatles in the Greenfield Banking Company Entertainment Tent as part of the opening ceremony.
Katrina Loh was selected as the 2004 Riley Festival Queen. Nancy Alldredge was President of the Board of Directors.
New Fire rule force the Festival to make some changes to the food vendors. The new rule forbids open flames under fabric tents or awnings. They also required propane tanks to be at least 12 feet away from the source of the flame. The Festival worked out an agreement with the local fire department and the State Fire Marshal’s office and will have the Greenfield Fire Department do a fire watch during the Festival.
George Butzin, a 74 year-old Korean War veteran and a past commander of American Legion Post 119 in Greenfield was chosen as Grand Marshal of the Ameriana Parade. The theme for the Festival was “The Name of Old Glory”
The tickets for the Mayor’s Breakfast sold for $10.00. The keynote speaker was Gary Smiddy, Mombasa, Kenya. Mayor Fleming surprised Sarah Kesterson when he presented her with the Sagamore of the Wabash award from Governor Joe Kernan.