Organizers put finishing touches on event that will attract thousands of visitors


Setting the scene: Franklin Akers helps put up tents on the Hancock County Courthouse plaza in preparation for the Riley Festival, which opens today and runs through Sunday. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Riley Festival vendors started arriving Wednesday morning, setting up booths and putting the final touches on the street fair that kicks off this evening.

The final hours before the festival opens at 5 p.m. are always a rush, said organizers, as they prepare for the annual event that will draw tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Greenfield over its three-day run. But even with several changes, organizers said they are expecting the weekend to go off without a hitch.

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