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A large crowd walks by vendors on South Franklin St. last year during Rhubarb on the River. The event returns to the same location Saturday, June 1.

Rhubarb on the River kicks off Saturday, June 1, offering river fun, live music, rhubarb food and craft vendors for all.

The one-day festival takes place in downtown Manchester along South Franklin Street and the Whitewater Park.

The day begins with the Rhubarb Run, a 5K walk/run. Vendors will be set up on South Franklin Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Keepin’ It Country will perform in the morning, with the Not Quite Brothers Band taking the stage in the afternoon.

The Manchester Rotary Club will run the rhubarb food stand, while the Manchester Lions Club is in charge of the rhubarb store. Located on South Franklin Street next to Franklin Street Brewing Company, the stand will feature a variety of rhubarb pies. Lions member, Tim Vick, said the stand is another way the Lions Club serves the community.

“The Lions Club enjoys helping out. We’re pleased to provide the service to the Chamber of Commerce and to the community.”

Hosted by the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is a kick off to summer.

“This is a fun, community-wide event,” said Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Jessica Pape. “Everyone is welcome. It’s a free event and there’s something for people of all ages. There’s different music genres, lots of kids’ activities, lots of great food and lots of places to shop.”

Also that day, the Manchester Farmers Market is in full swing on River Street running from 7:30-11 a.m.