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Port Neches Riverfest boosts local economy
PORT NECHES-By: Leslie Rangel
The Port Neches Riverfest gets underway tonight.
It features boat races, carnival rides and food.
But it's also a way to showcase Port Neches, its riverside setting and impact the local economy.
It's crunch time here in Port Neches, just hours away from opening the gates for the 14th annual Riverfest.
"That says a lot about the community, the volunteers about the chamber itself," Riverfest chairman Shane Reedy says.
Dozens of volunteers dedicate their time to making this event possible, not only to bring entertainment, but to contribute to their community.
"We're able to give back in the way of scholarship, we were also able to fund this year a five thousand dollar improvement to the pavilion restrooms they needed some renovations so we were able to make that donation to the city," Reedy said.
Once the stage area and other places this fill up, revenue starts pouring in.
"We've been able to contribute year after year about 10-15 thousands dollars towards scholarships and towards improvements, we plan on being able to do that once again," Reedy said.
The extra traffic doesn't only stop on the Riverfront, along Port Neches Avenue, boutiques and small shops also benefit form the increase in revenue.
"Since the Riverfest, I've had people just wondering in all day long, buying snacks, looking at clothes," Suzann Stackhouse, owner of Suzann's Collectibles says.
It's the quiet before the storm now at her shop, but this weekend she ready to handle what's to come.
"The Riverfest has brought a lot of customers through our stores which makes us very happy," Stackhouse said.
Tickets for the concerts are $15 at the gate.
Sunday all entertainment is free.