For the first time in 11 years, Riponfest will return to Barlow Park Saturday.

   Event organizers are quick to note, however, it won’t be the same event many people came to know and love ... at least not this year.

   A scaled-back version of the event, which ran for 25 years before it ended in 2008 due to a lack of volunteers to organize it, will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

   “Just really people showing up and just realizing it is just our first year and we are all new to the event planning,” Riponfest 2.0 President Jackie Perkins said of her hopes for the event. “[I hope people will] give us that leeway and not expect it to be a previous Riponfest.”

   The idea for Riponfest 2.0 came following an outpouring of support on social media last year, around the time that Riponfest would have celebrated 35 years had it not come to an end in 2008.

   Initially, the plan was to bring the event back in 2020, but the committee decided to roll out an abbreviated, one-day festival this year to serve as more of a fund-raiser. It had been three days.

   While Riponfest 2.0 in its first year is not what the original Riponfest was in its heyday, Perkins noted she has heard plenty of excitement for the upcoming event.

Read the full story, and see an ad with a schedule of events, in the July 11, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.