Duryea Mayor Keith Moss spent last Saturday on the river’s edge, marking each passing hour without the need of a watch or clock — the sound of cannon fire served just as well.
“We’ve got the Fourth Artillery shooting cannons every hour on the hour,” he said.
Moss, who also serves as vice president of the Greater Pittston Cultural Coalition, looked forward to the cannon fire with each hour of the coalition’s annual Riverfest event.
A crowd of about 60 people roamed the multiple vendor stands and other activities throughout the day. Moss said the turnout was not as high as previous years, but those who did attend seemed to benefit from what the Riverfest aimed to deliver.
“It’s to bring more culture into the area,” he said.
One popular attraction was an interactive Knox Mine Disaster wagon tour. Moss noted that this year marked the 68th anniversary of the infamous mine collapse in the area.
“This was a good time to learn about it,” he said.
While the crowds may not have come out in force this year, the vendors certainly did, Moss said. The event featured vendors and tables from the Mineralogy Society, the Archaeological Society, a vendor that allowed children to dig for gemstones, a balloon artist, face painting, and another vendor offering flint mapping, among others.
“We had the vendors and everything,” Moss said. “Just didn’t have the people.”
Riverfest closed a few hours early due to lack of attendance. Undeterred, Moss said coalition members will start planning next year’s Riverfest within the next few weeks.
“It was not as popular as years back, but we did all right,” Moss said.
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Moss also said there is plenty of opportunity to get involved.
“We’re always looking for volunteers,” he said.
He encouraged those who might have missed Riverfest this year to keep an eye out for it next year.
“They missed a great event,” he said.