Have you ever made plans based on a local weather forecast and then wished you could tell [insert local meteorologist's name here] to go jump in the lake — or whatever body of water is closest — for "ruining" your day? If so, then you won't want to miss River Ruckus on July 6.
In conjunction with St. Johns Riverkeeper, Riverside Arts Market hosts this inaugural family-friendly festival to showcase the river's recreational benefits and the importance of respecting, protecting and enjoying it as a natural resource. In addition to a river flotilla, boat rides, paddle board lessons, river crafts for kids and educational information, River Ruckus features a celebrity river jump including three local weather "authorities":
- Jim Alabiso, executive director, Jumping Fish, and long-distance, open-water swimmer
- Tony Allegretti, Downtown advocate
- Tim Deegan, chief meteorologist, First Coast News
- Bruce Hamilton, co-anchor, "The Morning Show," WJXT Channel 4
- Kristin Keen, founder and executive director, ReThreaded
- Al Letson, host, NPR's "State of the Re:UNION"
- Justin Riney, founder/CEO, Mother Ocean, and project leader, Expedition Florida 500
- Dave Roman, senior policy adviser, Office of the Mayorc
- Lewis Turner, reporter/meteorologist, First Coast News
- Julie Watkins, meteorologist, Action News, and founder, The Girls Gone Green
The festivities get underway at noon with local celebrities set to take the plunge at 12:45 p.m.
And in case anyone cares, I will be serving as emcee of the celebrity river jump. To those who don't care, I'll still be the emcee.
Check the photo gallery above to read what the river jump participants have to say about their participation.