MIDDLEBURY — This year’s annual Riverfest in Middlebury celebrated the 40th year of the park and its creators.

In 1978, Riverbend Park was the town dump. K. Marion Miller had the vision to turn it into a town park, but he didn’t have the money to purchase it. The $15,000 purchase ended up being funded by Lloyd Bontrager, owner of Jayco, and Les Christy, the owner of the former Keene Machine Products (now Lozier). The property was cleared and cleaned, and in 1981, they declared it a park.

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