New Life for RiverFest in Little Rock

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – RiverFest will once again be presented along Little Rock’s Riverfront Park May 25th, 26th, and 27th. 

Universal Fairs, LLC will continue the Arkansas festival tradition with a three day, two main stage music festival. The musical talent on RiverFest’s two main stages will be a combination of local and regional acts and well known national headliners. 

The RiverFest staff is actively contracting the musical talent and will announce the complete line-up in the beginning of April. We are pleased to welcome the Arkansas Federal Credit Union and the Mid-South Ford Dealers as major sponsors of RiverFest!

In addition to a weekend of exciting music on the two main stages, RiverFest will have a large Ford Family Fun Zone that will have carnival attractions along with adult and kiddie rides. Throughout the festival site, patrons will encounter festival food, affordable beverages, and merchandise vendors.

Advance tickets for the 2018 RiverFest will go on sale March 1st with a discounted price of $30 for a weekend pass. The ticket special, available through the RiverFest website, will be on sale throughout the month of March.

Businesses and individuals interested in supporting the 2018 RiverFest as a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer will find information detailing ways to become involved on our website:

Universal Fairs produces a variety of shows and expos around the country including Festivals, State Fairs, and consumer trade shows. Universal Fairs promotes events from coast to coast and has a proven track record of rejuvenating established events. See you on the River!


Statement from Riverfest, Inc. Regarding Its Dissolution, and the Acquisition of the Riverfest Name and Other Assets

Riverfest, Inc., also known as Riverfest Arkansas and incorporated under the name Riverfest, was a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was organized for the purpose of holding an annual festival in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, called Riverfest. The festival, which began in 1978, was held in Julius Breckling Riverfront Park from 1982 until 2017. 

The affairs and business of Riverfest, Inc., were managed by a Board of Directors. On July 18, 2017, the Board of Directors voted to dissolve itself and the corporation, and also to appoint a committee of volunteers to wind down the operations of Riverfest, Inc., in accordance with its Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.  

Following the winding down process, Articles of Dissolution for Riverfest, Inc., were filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State on January 31, 2018. The funds of the corporation remaining after payment of its liabilities were donated to the Junior League of Little Rock, as directed by the Articles of Incorporation of Riverfest, Inc. 

As a part of its winding down process, on December 7, 2017, Riverfest, Inc., sold the name of its festival, along with the administrative rights to its internet domains and social media accounts, to Mark Lovell. The terms of that sale are confidential by agreement of the parties. 

To the extent that Mr. Lovell or another person or entity has or will in the future organize a corporate entity using the name Riverfest, promote or hold a festival called “Riverfest,” or otherwise utilize the Riverfest name, that entity, festival and/or use of the Riverfest name is not associated with the festivals previously held by the former Riverfest, Inc.   

Any inquiries about a festival to be held after January 31, 2018, called “Riverfest” or that otherwise utilizes the Riverfest name should be directed to Mark Lovell at (901) 867-7007. Any inquiries concerning the former Riverfest, Inc., or past Riverfest festivals should be directed to attorney J. Andrew Vines, counsel to Riverfest, Inc., at (501) 683-8724.

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