Inaugural Flint River Fest to Showcase Improvements Along River


Everyone is invited to join the fun at the first ever Flint River Fest. The event will take place on Friday, October 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by The Hagerman Foundation. The entire community is invited to attend this free event and is hosted by the Flint River Corridor Alliance (FRCA), the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) and the Flint Downtown Development Authority.

Flint River Watershed Coalition Executive Director Rebecca Fedewa said, “The Flint River Fest is a great way for community members to see all the improvements that have been made along the river.  We also want to inspire the community to share their ideas and vision for the Flint River. We plan to make this an annual event for the community and hope to have a great turnout for our inaugural year.”

The event will be held at the Grand Fountain located on 1st Avenue between Saginaw and Garland Streets in downtown Flint.  There is no cost to attend the festivities.  The Flint River Fest will coincide with the monthly Second Friday Art Walk.  Besides enjoying free food and drinks, attendees will have a chance to win kayaks throughout the evening.  The night will culminate with a fireworks display at dark.

The FRCA, established in 2007, is a community based organization of government, non-profit, and private sector stakeholders organizes to initiate, support, and sustain projects in the Flint River Corridor that revitalize the river as a community asset while enriching the quality of life for the area’s residents, businesses, and visitors.

“It’s important for the residents to see all the investments and transformations taking place along the Flint River.  We want the river to be viewed as an asset that brings the community together.” said Van De Winkle. “We are grateful to The Hagerman Foundation for their sponsorship of this event and to our community partners for helping put together the first ever Flint River Fest.”

Additional information is available on the FRCA Facebook page at or on their website at  Questions may be directed to Janet Van De Winkle at


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