2023 RiverFest Fundraiser and 11th Annual Singer/Songwriter Contest
Submitted by Terry J Phelan
Fort White, Fla., – Our Santa Fe River Inc (OSFR) is excited to announce the return of Sanna Saare as coordinator and E. Stanley Richardson as emcee for the 2023 RiverFest Fundraiser and 11th Annual Singer/Songwriter Contest.
Sanna Saare will coordinate the event again this year. -Photo: Submitted
E. Stanley Richardson will emcee the event again in 2023. -Photo: Submitted
“Creating events that include live music is exciting and I’m thrilled to return to RiverFest in this capacity”, says Saare, who is a long-time resident of Alachua County where she studied graphic design at Santa Fe College. Her education and promotional skills led her to work in a variety of fields including magazine, newspaper, real estate, radio, communications, and eight years managing advertising sales director for Farm to Family Music Festivals. As the RiverFest coordinator, Saare will be managing sponsorships and advertising sales, overseeing RiverFest volunteer team captains, and using her graphic design skills to create promotional print and collateral materials for the upcoming RiverFest events.
When asked to return as the emcee for the 2023 RiverFest Singer/Songwriter Contest, Richardson answered, “Yes, I am honored to serve as your MC again!” A native Floridian currently residing in Alachua County, Richardson is an American poet, actor, playwright, and Founder/Director of ARTSPEAKSgnv Inc. He has garnered many awards over his career and is currently Alachua County’s inaugural Poet Laureate (2020-2022). At the 2023 RiverFest Singer/Songwriting contest, Richardson will introduce the contestants, point out areas of other interesting activities, announce the winners, and keep the audience entertained before, in-between, and after the contestant performances.
At OSFR’s 11th Annual RiverFest Singer/Songwriter Contest, contestants from all over Florida will compete and perform (in front of a live audience), their original songs written about the Santa Fe River on the Rum 138 stage in Fort White, Fl. A panel of judges will determine, based on specific criteria, the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for a chance to win cash prizes. There will be many other activities going on during the song contest. The date of the contest is Sunday, March 26th, 2023 from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
To submit an entry for the song contest or for more information about the contest and all the other RiverFest activities during the month of March please visit the RiverFest tab at the OurSantaFeRiver.org website.