River District Festival Packs Danville Downtown

Danville, VA-- Streets in downtown Danville were packed this weekend for the River District Festival. The festival started Friday and continued until Saturday.

Food, music, and even a trapeze. It was all there at the River District Festival. People flooded Bridge Street and the community market to take part in the event.

"We are having fun, a lot of fun, yes, " festival attendee Mary Chabez said.

"We're enjoying ourselves, it's a wonderful festival, we're having a great turn out, nice weather today," festival attendee Donzell Owens said.

But the festival was more than about just having fun. Event coordinators are trying to draw people back into downtown Danville. They want people to be more involved in the community.

"This is a great way to get everyone back downtown and we're looking at revitalizing the downtown area so it's a great way to bring people down here and just show them what a beautiful city this is," event coordinator Faith Stamps said.

Vendors, non-profits, and businesses got the chance to network and advertise.

"We're a new church that just started in April so it's an opportunity to get our name out there a little bit more and just connect with people," Pastor of Venture Christian Church Eric Hash said.

The international community in Danville took this opportunity to share their food, culture and arts with the people at the festival.

"This is the first time we are doing this and we are very excited about it," Chabez said.

Festival attendees are happy to help get Downtown Danville back on its feet.

"We're pretty much about anything that can support a city," worker at Polo's Italian Ice, Donzell Owens said.

"It's the future of Danville, it's the investment that the community as a whole is making into the future of Danville, and that's what we want to be a part of, we want to be a part of that process of bring renewal to Danville," Hash said.

This is the second year of the festival and coordinators say it was bigger and better than last year.They say people from Roanoke, and North Carolina joined in all the fun. Coordinators also say they're already noticing an increase in enthusiasm for the future of downtown Danville.