Waterville Comes Together In 46th Annual Roche De Boeuf Festival

Mayor Lori Brodie waves to the crowd, followed by the Marching Generals. The Roche de Boeuf parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28.

BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — Get ready for a great time.

After nearly a year’s worth of planning, the Roche de Boeuf Festival planning committee is ready to welcome thousands of guests to downtown Waterville for the 46th annual event on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

With 180 vendors, musical entertainment, food trucks, kids’ activities, artists and a car show, the family-friendly festival promises to draw crowds – and keep them there – all day, said Waterville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Corina Pfleghaar.

The parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. at the top of the hill on Farnsworth, led by the Anthony Wayne Marching Generals.

After the parade, check out three stages of musical entertainment: at the corner of River Road and Farnsworth, the clock tower and Peddlers Alley.

Along River Road, the Waterville Historical Society is bringing in a trader encampment, military vehicles and demonstrations and activities for all ages.

In the Shawn’s Irish Tavern parking lot, classic cars and trucks of all decades will be on display. Registration is $10.00 the day of the show and the first 100 vehicles receive a free dash plaque. 

Throughout the day, guests will want to wander the streets to learn more about area nonprofit organizations. 

From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Mud Hens mascots Muddy and Mudonna will be roaming the streets.

The Rue des Artistes will be set up along North Second Street and feature 30 artists selling paintings, photography, wearable art, repurposed furniture and whimsical metal animals. 

Parking is available at J&R Contracting at 1300 Michigan Ave. or Conrad Park (near the Waterville Library) with shuttle service downtown. The shuttle will operate throughout the day except during the parade. For information, visit www.watervillechamber.com.

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