June 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Detroit River Days draws thousands along riverfront

Detroit — A weeks worth of rainy weather gave way to sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s Saturday as the Detroit River Days festival continued drawing crowds for outdoor activities along the RiverWalk.

Janeah Crawford watched as her son, Daemyan, and Godson Josiah Davis, both 4, ran through the GM fountains.

“We wanted to enjoy the festivities,” the Detroiter said. “This is the best part for the kids, but I like the rides and the music.”

The festival, in its eighth year, typically draws 150,000 visitors over the course of three days, officials said.

Among this weekend’s activities are jet ski demonstrations, the Detroit River ArtScape, children’s rides and free Coast Guard boat tours. On Saturday night, Social Bandits and Random Family were scheduled to perform. The festival runs until 11 p.m. Saturday.

Cousins Carole McKinstry and Tiffany Daniel-Hill from Ypsilanti brought their children and eight-month-old border collie mix puppy Crash Bandicoot to enjoy the riverfront.

They had just toured the Appledore tall ship out front of the Detroit Wayne County Port Authority and were ready to see the rest of what they festival had to offer.

“(We wanted) to get out of the house and enjoy this beautiful day,” Daniel-Hill said. “And it wasn’t too expensive.”

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 before 5 p.m. and $5 after 5 p.m. There is no admission fee for children younger than 3 and seniors 65 and older.

“I think it’s a nice event,” said Kelly Reltherford of Southfield, who watched as her daughter Kennedy Armour, 7, went around on the merry-go-round. “We need more stuff like this in the city of Detroit.”

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Children run through the fountain at the General Motors Plaza Saturday during the River Days on the Detroit River in Detroit. / Steve Perez / The Detroit News
Josh Wilde, a member of the Detroit Circus entertains the crowds with a ... (Steve Perez / The Detroit News)