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Whatever floats your boat goes at Rivertown Revival

Marriages on the cheap officiated by a California state senator. Revealing costumes. A boat "race" featuring vessels crafted out of suspect materials, such as a couch, and allegations of cheating.

Saturday's fourth annual Rivertown Revival festival in Petaluma again pushed the boundaries of polite society, which is what people have come to expect of the popular event.

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"It's the unique combination of being family-friendly and a little punked out," said Rocky Rohwedder, a Sonoma State University environmental sciences professor.

Thousands gathered Saturday at Steamer Landing Park. Parasols and self-serve water stations were again popular, although the weather wasn't nearly as stifling as last year's scorcher.

The revival harkens back to the early 1900s when the Petaluma River teemed with flat-bottomed schooners shipping eggs, grain and livestock from the south Sonoma County port town to San Francisco.


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