Despite the fiscal restraints resulting from sequestration, the 2013 Riverfest and Mountainfest celebrations are continuing through event sponsorship by many supporters from the community.
"It is a testament to the incredible support of our community and corporate sponsors that we are able to continue to celebrate our annual Mountainfest and Riverfest events," said Col. Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum garrison commander. “These sponsors have enabled Fort Drum to recognize the hard work and contributions made by our Soldiers, Families, civilians and neighbors over the last year.”
With the 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams and the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade currently deployed, and several units pre-
paring to deploy in the near future, Rosenberg noted that these events offer more than entertainment to Soldiers and Families.
"The 10th Mountain Division is a highly skilled fighting force that has answered the nation’s call through nearly continuous deployments since 2001,” Rosenberg said. “While mainstream media focuses on a 2014 withdrawal, the 10th Mountain Division continues to deploy, making events like Mountainfest and Riverfest even more significant to our Soldiers and Families.
“The wellness found in connecting with our loved ones, neighbors and supporters during times of rest and celebration directly contributes to our ability to execute the mission when we are once again called upon," he added.
While Riverfest is geared specifically for Soldiers and Families, all members of the community are invited to Mountainfest Day starting at 1 p.m. June 26 on Division Hill. There will be military equipment displays, food and drinks, games, and a pay-as-you-play Adventure Zone that will offer ATV rides, archery, paintball, bounce houses and a rock climbing wall. Back again this year is the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Custom Car, Motorcycle, and Audio Show.
A community favorite is the Salute to the Nation, beginning at 5 p.m., with a patriotic rank and file display honoring each state in the union and its territories.
Immediately following the Salute to the Nation will be a free concert. Opening acts will be the 2013 North Country Idol winner, Corey Walts, and Syracuse's newest rock band, Scars N' Stripes. Country music star Craig Morgan will then take to the stage. The public is invited to stay for a pectacular fireworks display immediately following the concert.
Glass bottles, pets and weapons will not be allowed onto the Mountainfest grounds. Diaper bags and large purses are subject to inspection. Service animals will be permitted.
(Fort Drum Public Affairs Office)