RiverFest rocks the waters in Prescott-Russell

from three annual fundraising and aware- ness events that take place during RiverFest. Rockland Ford’s Annual Classic Car Poker Run rally tour raised more than $15,000 for breast cancer research and another $7300 for Clarence-Rockland’s Heart of the Com- munity project. Centraide-United Way Prescott-Russell has more than $400 and a dozen or more new toys to share among local food banks in the region thanks to the motorcyclists who rode out on their machines for the an- nual Toy Run. Clarence-Rockland Mayor Marcel Guibord slalomed in for first place in the annual Run the Waves Mayors Challenge ahead of Hawkesbury’s René Berthiaume and Jean- Yves Lalonde of Alfred-Plantagenet Town- ship. But the Hawkesbury and District Hos- pital Foundation was the real winner with close to $2500 raised through raffle ticket sales as part of the event and individual pledge drives by each of the competing mayors.


It was a bit breezy out on the river for some of the mayors trying to make good time on waterskis from Hawkesbury to Rockland. But outside of that, the Fourth Annual Ottawa River Festival proved an even bigger success than the previous years events. Riverside communities from Hawkesbury to Rockland all featured special events to entertain residents and tourists taking in the three-day regional festival. Art shows, firefighter victim rescue competitions, live music, and more attracted hundreds of spectators. More than 400 anglers, young and old, took part in the MegaFishing Der- by, which also coincided with the annual Family Fishing Weekend in Ontario. The big winners were the community service and non-profit groups who benefit

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