St. Joseph River documentary shown around county

It appears the PBS-produced documentary about the St. Joseph River, which premiered over the weekend, was a hit.

More than 80 people assembled Saturday inside the barn at Covered Bridge Farm County Park to check out an advance screening of the hour-long program, which featured a number of river-related landmarks and points of interest in St. Joseph County.

Over the course of the weekend, the premiere was shown at 18 locations in Michigan and Indiana communities along the 206-mile river. It was presented later Saturday at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers and at Reed River Park in Mendon.

“Then, Now & Always … The St. Joseph River Story,” will have its initial television airdate Sept. 9.

Carolyn Grace, executive director of the St. Joseph County Conservation District, and Jaymes MacDonald, St. Joseph County Parks and Recreation Department director, collaborated on staging a number of events and activities at Covered Bridge Farm.

MacDonald said more than 200 people attended the park throughout the afternoon to enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers and brats, water and adult beverages. There was also cornhole, a bouncy house and live music featuring Sturgis-based 16th Avenue Band.

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