The Shiver Me Timbers Towboat Festival is returning to the Grafton riverfront July 27-28. Learn about the Mighty Mississippi's mighty tugs during this annual free festival at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
Enjoy a little music, a little bit of barbeque and a whole lot of fun touring working towboats and experiencing life on the Mississippi River. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The river will take center stage as a towboat will pull into the riverfront for the festival. The towboat will be on display, and visitors will be able to tour the inside. Take a glimpse into the day-to-day life for the crew working and living onboard with free tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, weather permitting.
"This is a fun and educational event that showcases the towboats that travel the Mississippi and Illinois rivers," said Brett Stawar, president and CEO of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's a celebration of our rivers and a chance to learn about the importance and significance of the towboats."
To learn more about the river, there will be environmentalists and historians at booths to give the public an insight into the towboats on the rivers. There will be plenty of live music entertainment and food both days.