The Down by the River Festival will feature the Bike for Hope, music, a chili cook-off, beer garden, arts and crafts vendors and family activities on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Veterans Memorial Park (the Riverwalk).
The event will raise funds for the Shelton-based MovingWithHope, a non-profit organization that provides programming scholarships and adaptive equipment for survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries and diseases.
The bicycle ride will begin at 7:30 a.m. and go along sections of the Naugatuck River Greenway. The cost to ride is $35, which includes an event T-shirt. The ride is intended as a fun event and riders will not be timed, and no racing is allowed.
The ride honors the memory of Carlo Minasi of Easton. Surgery may have left Carlo in a wheelchair, but that didn’t stop his determination.
“Carlo played hard and he worked hard,” according to publicity material. “Carlo approached all his challenges with dignity and grace.”
Various local bands are expected to perform at the festival, including Shakedown (a Grateful Dead tribute band) and Shameless.
The International Chili Society-sanctioned cook-off will highlight the culinary talents of chefs from the Northeast, with traditional red chili, chili verde and salsa.
MovingWithHope assists people so they may receive year-round access to independent living skills training, recreation, and inclusive socialization.
Anyone who wants to volunteer to work at the event may call 203-513-8424.
Learn more about the Down by the River Festival at the event website, dbtr.org.