River Ruckus

River Ruckus 2015 takes place on September 26th from 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm in Riverfront Park in the Haverhill Riverfront Cultural District and Washington Street. Come join us!

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Our schedule of events is shaping up with exciting bands, food vendors and participants.

The latest schedule is posted here but check back with us for new additions in the weeks leading up to September 26th.

Please note: Washington Street will be closed to all traffic from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday.

2015 Breaking News!

August 21st: Just in! All the bands in our live music line-up have been signed! Check the Band Lineup Schedule below!

August 28th: Just in! MedExpress has signed on to be the sponsor of the Children’s Activities!

2015 Event Sponsors

Team Haverhill wishes to thank the following organizations and businesses that support River Ruckus 2015: MedExpress, Pentucket Bank, Haverhill Bank, Creative Haverhill, UMASS Lowell, and Pentucket Medical.

2015 Schedule of Events

Live Music
Classic Car Show
Boat Rides & Kayaking
Rubber Duck Regatta
Family Fun
Local Food Vendors
Fireworks Spectacular

Live Music

1:00 PM – 7:45 PM on the Riverfront Park Stage
WXRV 92.5 the River is once again providing a great lineup of live music on the Riverfront Park Stage.

Riverfront Park Stage
Time Appearing
1:00 – 1:30 PM Katrina Gustafson (video)
2:00 – 2:30 PM A Cold Lonesome Nowhere (website)
3:00 – 3:30 PM Dionysia (website)
4:00 – 4:45 PM Gretchen & the Pickpockets (website | video)
5:15 – 6:15 PM Merrimack Delta Dub Set (website | video)
6:45 – 7:45 PM Will Dailey (Will Dailey | video) Sponsored by Pentucket Bank

Classic Car Show

12:00 – 3:00 PM, Washington St.

The Classic Car Show brings over 40 cars to Washington Street. Antiques, muscle cars, hot rods, specialty cars and their proud owners gather for the afternoon.

Once again, HC Media’s Frank “I’m just along for the ride” Novak will do a Classic Car commentary that goes “live” on air on Channel 22/Community Access TV Haverhill. Let us know in advance with a post to Facebook/RiverRuckus and tell us what kind of car you are bringing and Frank will talk about your car on the air!

Team Haverhill appreciates the ongoing support of Haverhill Bank as the sponsor of the Classic Car Show for the fourth year.

Kayaking & Crew Exhibition

1:00 PM – Dusk, Plum Island Kayak Booth
Plum Island Kayak will also be providing the opportunity to enjoy kayaking on the river.

2:00 – 7:00 PM, Team Haverhill Booth
Crew Exhibition on the Merrimack River.

Rubber Duck Regatta

2:00 – 3:00 PM, The Comeau Bridge and the RiverWalk in Riverfront Park
The Annual Rubber Duck Regatta is the signature fundraising event of the Rotary Club of Haverhill. The event raises money for over 40 charities in Haverhill and the Merrimack Valley. The dramatic Duck Drop takes place at approximately 2:00 pm (depending on the tides) from the Comeau Bridge.

Watch as 10,000+ little yellow rubber ducks are dropped from the Comeau Bridge into the Merrimack River in a race to the finish! Spectators gather on the RiverWalk in Riverside Park to cheer on the brave little duckies. Don’t miss the excitement from the filming of the ceremonies on the bridge, the command from the docks, “It’s a go!”, the plunge into the river, the race in the mighty Merrimack River, to the emergence of the final duck “victorious”! Or, “Quacktorious!”

The adopter of the first duck to cross the finish line wins a $10,000 cash prize generously donated by Rockingham Toyota, Honda, Scion of Salem, NH. To adopt a duck and have a chance at winning the grand prize and other prizes visit www.duckrace.com/haverhill. The winner of the Grand Prize is announced from Riverfront Park Stage at approximately 4:00 pm.

Family Fun

12:00 – 4:00 PM, Gazebo Area
Children’s Activities are sponsored by MedExpress and organized by Haverhill YMCA, and Girls, Inc. Activities will include face painting, bouncy house, sidewalk chalk, balloon artist, arts & crafts, and more. Complimentary natural snacks and beverages from Whole Foods Andover will be provided. MassAudubon’s Joppa Flats will provide a touch tank. It all adds up to a fun-filled day of family entertainment in historic downtown Haverhill. Join us!

Local Food Vendors

12:00 – 8:30 PM, Various Locations
The list of food vendors keeps growing, so check back often for the latest on the mouth-watering food offerings. Romano’s will be selling pizza, SoulFire out of Allston, MA will be dishing out pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw, and Kona Ice will be selling shaved ice. Haverhill Beef will be selling sausages, hot dogs, shrimp scampi over pasta, seafood chowder and meatball subs. Carter’s Ice Cream will be selling its delicious freshly made ice cream. The Barking Dog Ale House has signed on too – check them out for mac & cheese, BLTs and cotton candy. Casa Blanca is joining us in 2015 for the first time with Mexican cuisine.

Fireworks Spectacular

8:00 PM, Riverfront Park on the RiverWalk over the Merrimack River
The day’s celebration will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks show over the river.


Schedule of Events
Time Event
1:00 – dusk Kayak Rentals & Rides – provided by Plum Island Kayak (Plum Island Kayak booth)
1:00 – 7:30 PM Haverhill Artist Market (90 Washington Street)
12:00 – 4:00 PM Children’s Activities – face painting, bouncy house, sidewalk chalk, balloon artist, arts & crafts, and more! Sponsored by MedExpress (Gazebo Area)
12:00 – 3:00 PM Classic Car Show – sponsored by Haverhill Bank (Washington St.)
2:00 – 6:00 PM Juried Art Exhibition – local artwork on display (Sage Art Gallery, 22 Washington St.)
2:00 – 4:00 PM Crew Exhibition and Demonstration
12:00 – 8:00 PM Beer & Wine Garden (Sponsored by Team Haverhill)
1:00 – 7:45 PM Live Music – Great live acts brought to you by WXRV 92.5 the River (Riverfront Park Stage)
12:00 – 8:00 PM Taste of Haverhill – food for sale by local restaurants & vendors (Riverfront Park)
2:00 – 3:00 PM Rubber Duck Regatta – sponsored by Haverhill Rotary (RiverWalk and Riverfront Park)
8:00 PM Fireworks Spectacular sponsored by New York Life (RiverWalk and Riverfront Park)

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